Sudan recalls its ambassador from Egypt amid tensions

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (L) gestures to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Khartoum International Airport, June 27, 2014. Reuters

Sudan has recalled its ambassador from Egypt for consultations, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

It’s not clear why or how long the ambassador would stay.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said it is evaluating the situation so as to take “appropriate action.” Reuters reports.

Relations have been soured by disputes over the ownership of the Halayeb  Triangle border area, and over the use of the water from the River Nile that passes through their territories.

Sudan has accused Cairo of political meddling and banned imports of Egyptian agricultural products last year.

Egypt maintains that Sudan has taken Ethiopia’s side in Cairo’s dispute with Addis Ababa over a massive dam being built on the Nile River by the Ethiopians.

Egypt says the dam will reduce its vital share of the Nile’s waters.

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