Egypt and Sudan discuss establishment of a joint railway


The Egyptian Minister of Transport, Kamel al-Wazir, discussed with his Sudanese counterpart Hashem bin Auf, during a meeting held on Sunday, via video conference, ways to support joint cooperation between the two countries in the various transportation fields. The meeting began by discussing the terms of the joint cooperation document between the two countries, to provide the necessary funding to start the economic, social, and environmental feasibility study of the rail link project between Egypt and Sudan, which will extend in its first phase from the city of Aswan to the south of Wadi Halfa. This financing will be through coordination and cooperation between Egypt, Sudan, and the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development.

Kamel signed the document and delivered it to the Sudanese ambassador in Cairo, who attended the meeting, for it to be signed by the Sudanese Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. The two sides also discussed several road projects, such as studying the land route implementation between Egypt and Chad, via Sudan, to be a gateway for trade between the two countries and between Chad and West African countries.

The Cairo-Sudan-Cape Town road project, which passes through nine African countries, was also discussed, as the minister confirmed that Egypt is currently implementing the corridor part inside the Egyptian territories (Cairo–Arqin), so that the road passes through the governorates of Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan. The road extends from Aswan to the Egyptian border, passing through the Toshka junctions, to Arqin at the 22nd latitude, and from there to Sudan.