Sudanese Politician: Halayeb will return to us and the Egyptian government contradicts itself

Rabi Abd Al-Ati, the leader in the Sudanese ruling party the National Congress Party has criticized the Egyptian government’s decision to allocate about 60 million US dollars to the development and reconstruction of the Halayeb triangle, Thursday.

In an interview with Quds Press, Abd Al-Ati stated that “the Halayeb triangle is purely Sudanese and no matter what the Egyptian government does, it will not change the reality that it occupies the Halayeb.”

Abd Al-Ati added that “Halayeb will return to Sudan sooner or later, and what the Egyptian government is doing on the ground contradicts its words, which is very confusing.”

The Egyptian government has announced the allocation of one billion and 100 million Egyptian Pounds, which is equivalent to around 60 million US dollars, to the development and reconstruction of Halayeb triangle.

Sudanese network Al-Shorooq quoted Qareeb Allah Khader, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who stated that “our position concerning the case of Sudanese Halayeb is firm and there is no dispute over that.”

He referred also to the government’s renewal of its complaint to the United Nations about the Egyptian authorities’ violation of Halayeb triangle last month.

“We have two diplomatic missions in Egypt, which will provide detailed reports about this step, and we will build our actions on these reports,” said Khader in reference to the Egyptian authorities’ allocation of funds to establish service and development facilities on Sudanese ground.

The meetings of the Sudanese-Egyptian Political Consultative Committee were held on Thursday and chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour and Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, who arrived in Khartoum Wednesday evening.

President Omar Al-Bashir stated last May that the government was patient with Egypt despite its occupation of Sudanese territory, referring to “Halayeb, Abu Ramad and Shalateen” triangle.