Egypt will host on Thursday a quartet meeting gathering the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour, as well as chiefs of the general intelligence services of the two countries, according to a statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zaid.
According to the statement, the four high-ranking officials are set to discuss the course of bilateral relations between Cairo and Khartoum, as well as coordinate on several regional issues of mutual concern.
The meeting comes as a result of the meeting between President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart Omar Al-Bashir on the sidelines of the 30th African Union Summit which was held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in late January, said Abou Zaid.
He added that the meeting is set to include bilateral discussions between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two “brotherly countries.” Additionally, chiefs of intelligence of the two sides will hold bilateral discussions. A quartet meeting bringing together the four high officials will follow. A press conference between the two diplomatic officials will be held following the meetings.
Relations between Egypt and Sudan have been strained in the last month over the Halayeb and Shalateen triangle, which Sudan claims as Sudanese territory, in addition to the country accusing Egypt and Eritrea of trying to attack it. The accusations which were denied by the Egyptian president