With the aim of allowing Egyptian commodities into the Sudanese market, Egypt's parliament is now trying to put pressure on Sudan. Though Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir announced the removal of the ban on Egyptian products in October 2018, this decision has not been enforced yet. That is why the Egyptian parliament is raising questions regarding the reasons lurking behind such procrastination.
More importantly, in light of the current drastic change in Sudan's political scene, the question arises as to whether Bashir's decision will be enforced.
On March 24, Egypt's parliamentary Industry Committee held a meeting in the presence of Osama Shaltout, the assistant foreign minister for African Affairs, to discuss the delay in lifting the ban after receiving complaints from Egyptian exporters. The committee criticized Sudan’s failure to implement the presidential decision to lift the ban on Egyptian products and recommended holding an urgent meeting with the Egyptian agriculture minister to ensure that Egyptian exports abide by the international food safety standards.
Former Assistant Foreign Minister Mohamed Hijazi said during the meeting that both the Egyptian and Sudanese presidents agreed to lift the ban, but there are “arbitrary” measures from the Sudanese side. A committee is to be formed to solve this problem, he added.