Egypt keen on stability, legitimacy in Sudan
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 12/17/1999
"Egypt is highly interested in all developments in Sudan and is equally seeing Sudan's stability and legitimacy protected," Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said.
In statements Wednesday, Moussa said that the joint communique which was issued on Tuesday following the Tripoli Egyptian-Libyan summit highlights clearly the Egyptian stance in this regard and the stance of the two states vis-a-vis their initiative on Sudan.
On claims by deputy leader of the Sudanese National Conference that Egypt was interfering in Sudan's affairs, Moussa said: Egypt does not intervene in the Sudanese domestic affairs but is only interested in developments there. "I do not see any power struggle in Sudan," he said in reply to questions on whether the situation in Sudan would bring about interference by foreign powers. "I only see that a President of a State has taken certain measures to rectify a situation unacceptable to him" he added.
Moussa further said that Egypt has no interest in seeing Sudan plunged in troubles, "we support all measures that can salvage Sudan, consequently we support the measures which Sudanese President Omar Bashir has taken," he said. The top diplomat was asked for comment on hints that Egypt is backing Sudanese President Bashir in his latest measures. "let it be hints, insinuations or assurances, as they like, but we are not on the defensive, we do not take defensive political attitudes," said Moussa.
Moussa added Egypt does not interfere in Sudan's internal affairs, but believes that salvaging Sudan would be a national attempt. Asked if the present situation in Sudan overtakes the steps taken on the road of reconciliation between the Khartoum government and the opposition, Moussa said this development creates a new situation. "This situation may help push efforts towards dialogue with the opposition," he said, adding that Egyptian-Sudanese contacts at the various levels are expected.
Asked on reports that a summit bringing together the leaders of Egypt, Libya and Sudan would be held, Moussa said that the summit is not scheduled at present but there is nothing preventing its convocation.
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