|25 October, 2018

Sudan lifts partial ban on Egyptian imports - president

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on Thursday he was lifting a partial ban on the import of Egyptian goods

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir waits to welcome Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni at Khartoum Airport September 15, 2015. The visit comes amid strained relations between Khartoum and Kampala as the two countries trade accusation of support to rebel groups. Sudan accuses Uganda of harboring rebel group members of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) while Uganda claims that the rebels of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) are in western Sudan. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah - RTS197P

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir waits to welcome Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni at Khartoum Airport September 15, 2015. The visit comes amid strained relations between Khartoum and Kampala as the two countries trade accusation of support to rebel groups. Sudan accuses Uganda of harboring rebel group members of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) while Uganda claims that the rebels of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) are in western Sudan. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah - RTS197P

REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah - RTS197P

KHARTOUM  - 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 Bashir backed 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," Bashir told reporters. The decision had immediate effect, he said.

The value of Egyptian exports to Sudan stood at $550 million dollars 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 U.S. sanctions one year ago. It sharply devalued its currency earlier this month, part of a package of measures to tackle its economic troubles.

(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz Writing by Aidan Lewis Editing by Mark Heinrich and Jon Boyle) ((Aidan.Lewis@tr.com; +20-1001174410;))