Author(s): Asmahan Soliman
Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/06/feature/politics/sources-cairo-offers-diplomatic-support-to-sudanese-president-omar-al-bashir-in-the-wake-of-continued-protests/
In the wake of continued protests across its southern border, Egypt has opted to prioritize Sudan’s stability, and, “in the Egyptian lexicon, stability means maintaining the presidency [of Omar al-Bashir],” an Egyptian official involved in Egypt’s regional policy tells Mada Masr.
During their meeting in Cairo last week, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told French President Emmanuel Macron that Cairo supports Bashir because it fears that, if he was to be removed from power “without the adequate preparations, Sudan could very well turn into another failed state,” the source adds.
“Sudan’s complex ethnic composition and tribal divisions, as well as the hostilities it has with South Sudan, are more reasons [for Egypt] to worry if Bashir suddenly disappears,” the source explains.
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