Sudan, Chad stress need to enhance cooperation to confront terrorism, protect border

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 23, 2019: The Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan during a working breakfast attended by the president of Russia and African leaders to discuss cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and African organisations, on sidelines of the 2019 Russia-Africa Economic Forum at the Sirius Park of Science and Art. Mikhail Metzel/TASS Host Photo Agency (Photo by Mikhail MetzelTASS via Getty Images)

Sudan and Chad stressed the need to enhance cooperation between them to confront common challenges of terrorism and extremism and protect their joint border.

The two sides on Sunday held joint talks at the presidential palace in Khartoum, chaired by Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and President of Chad’s Transitional Military Council Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, the sovereign council said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO: Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan. /Getty Images

Al-Burhan stressed the necessity for cooperation and joint work to confront the challenges from terrorist and extremist groups, according to the statement.

He called for reactivating the security cooperation agreement, signed by Sudan, Chad, Libya and Niger in the Chadian capital of N’djamena in 2018, to secure the border.

Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno said “we have the ability and the political will to confront the challenges and issues facing the two countries.”

“Our country is passing through a transitional period, and we expect support from Sudan as a neighboring country and a friend to us,” he added.

He further stressed the necessity to reactivate the cooperation agreements between the two countries, calling for developing the experience of the joint forces.

According to the statement, Itno stressed the importance of integrating the efforts and cooperation with the African Union in fields of border protection and combating of terrorism and cross-border security disorders.

In May 2018, Libya, Chad, Niger and Sudan signed a quartet agreement stipulating deployment of forces to secure the joint border and combat cross-border crimes and illegal immigration.

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