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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

Sudan lifts partial ban on Egyptian imports

Last year Sudan banned import of Egyptian agricultural goods

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi shakes hands with Sudanese officials as he is received by his Sudanese counterpart at Khartoum International Airport outside the Sudanese capital. AFP
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi shakes hands with Sudanese officials as he is received by his Sudanese counterpart at Khartoum International Airport outside the Sudanese capital. AFP

Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir said on Thursday he was lifting a partial ban on the import of Egyptian goods, during a visit by his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

In March 2017 Sudan banned the import of all Egyptian agricultural goods amid a range of disputes, including over land and accusations of political meddling.

Tensions have since eased, and Mr Al Bashir backed Mr Al Sisi's re-election earlier this year.

"Today I signed a decision to lift the ban on the entry of Egyptian products to Sudan, to remove all obstacles to the movement of trade and people between the two countries," Mr Al Bashir told reporters. The decision had immediate effect, he said.

The value of Egyptian exports to Sudan stood at $550 million last year, while Sudanese exports to Egypt stood at $103 million, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Wednesday.

Sudan's economy has been mired in crisis despite the lifting of US sanctions one year ago. It sharply devalued its currency earlier this month, part of a package of measures to tackle its economic troubles.

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