Thursday,21 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1395, (24 - 30 May 2018)
Thursday,21 February, 2019
Issue 1395, (24 - 30 May 2018)

Ahram Weekly

No harm intended

No harm intended
No harm intended
Al-Ahram Weekly

THE EGYPTIAN satellite network ON has denied that the TV series Omar Al-Masri being aired during the holy month of Ramadan includes scenes or intimations defaming the Sudanese state or its people.

“The series has nothing to do with the stands of the Egyptian state [towards Khartoum] as it is always keen to strengthen its ties with the Sudanese government and people,” a statement issued by ON said.

The statement was issued after the summoning of the Egyptian ambassador in Khartoum early this week.

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said the ambassador was summoned to inform him of an official protest against the TV series that negatively portrays Sudan.

The ministry handed a memorandum to Egyptian authorities demanding that “appropriate action be taken to stop attempts to disturb relations between the two countries.

“The TV series portrays Sudan as a country hosting Egyptian terrorists,” the statement said.

The ministry pointed out that no Egyptian living in Sudan has ever been accused of terrorism.

The statement concluded by saying that these negative stereotypes were insulting to Egyptians living in Sudan.

Relations between Cairo and Khartoum took a positive turn following Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir’s visit to Egypt early this year.

But relations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have been strained in recent months following Ethiopia’s construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam which has raised concerns that Egypt’s share of Nile water will be compromised.

Last week’s signing of a document likely to improve cooperation among the three countries is expected to enhance mutual relations.

The document was signed by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan during the nine-party meeting in Addis Ababa.

In another positive development, Egypt and Sudan will sign contracts to connect their electricity grids in two weeks, according to Electricity Holding Company head Gaber Al-Desouki. 

Work is expected to begin three months after bids are chosen. As many as eight local and global players have been invited to participate in the prospective tender. 

The Sudan interconnection project would cost Sudan as much as $500 million. Khartoum has been seeking international financing to push it along.

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