Sudan says border dispute will beset ties with Egypt

Sudan says border dispute will beset ties with Egypt
Ibrahim Ghandour, Foreign Minister of Sudan, addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, on October 2, 2015. (File photo by Reuters)
Updated 01 September 2017

Sudan says border dispute will beset ties with Egypt

Sudan says border dispute will beset ties with Egypt

CAIRO: Sudan’s foreign minister says the border dispute with Egypt will remain a “potential irritant” in relations until it is resolved.
Speaking this week in an interview with the Sudanese TV channel Ashorooq, Ibrahim Al-Ghandour also says the dispute is a “thorn in the side of relations” between the two Afro-Arab nations.
Sudan says Egypt is refusing to submit the dispute to international arbitration or enter direct negotiations over the fate of the region known as the “Halayeb Triangle.”
Tension with Sudan have taken on added significance as Cairo works to secure the goodwill of Nile basin countries in the face of the threat posed to its vital share of the river’s waters by a massive dam under construction in Ethiopia, where the river’s largest tributary, the Blue Nile, originates.


US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’

US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’
Updated 17 January 2021

US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’

US designates Bahrain, UAE ‘major security partners’
  • Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet and hostssome 5,000 American troops
  • UAE hosts 3,500 US troops and its Jebel Ali port is the busiest port of call for American warships outside of the US

DUBAI: The US called Bahrain and the UAE “major security partners” early on Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations.
A White House statement tied the designation to Bahrain and the UAE normalizing ties to Israel, saying it “reflects their extraordinary courage, determination and leadership.” It also noted the two countries long have taken part in US military exercises.
It’s unclear what the designation means for Bahrain and the UAE.
Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, while the UAE’s Jebel Ali port is the busiest port of call for American warships outside of the US. Bahrain hosts some 5,000 American troops, while the UAE hosts 3,500, many at Al-Dhafra Air Base.
Already, the US uses the designation of “major non-NATO ally” to describe its relationship with Kuwait, which hosts the forward command of US Army Central. That designation grants a country special financial and military considerations for nations not part of NATO. Bahrain also is a non-NATO ally.
The US military’s Central Command and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The 5th Fleet referred queries to the State Department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White House designation comes in the final days of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Trump forged close ties to Gulf Arab countries during his time in office in part over his hard-line stance on Iran.
That’s sparked a series of escalating incidents between the countries after Trump unilaterally withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
It also comes after Bahrain and the UAE joined Egypt and Saudi Arabia in beginning to resolve a yearslong boycott of Qatar, that houses Al-Udeid Air Base.