President of the Republic Omar Albashir on Saturday received a high level Egyptian partisan delegation stressing that implementation of the four freedoms agreement, signed in August 2004, will be key to the development of the bilateral relations between Cairo and Khartoum. President Albashir said the coming phase would bear witness to real partnership between the two countries in the realization of food security. The two countries signed the four freedoms agreement in 2004 but since then it was not fully implemented.
The four freedoms include freedoms of possession, movement, stay and work for the citizens of the two countries. The agreement signed then by the heads of state of the two countries and ratified by the legislatures in Cairo and in Khartoum, allows citizens of each of the two countries full freedoms in the four area while in the other countries, including ownership of real estates, and all other legal activities as the citizens of that country.
The Egyptian delegation comprises the head of the Wafed political party lead by Dr Sayed Al Badawi, and membership of representatives of the Alliance, the Nasserite, Al Ghad political parties as well as a huge number of Egyptian thinkers and media officials, in which is seen as the second most important visit to the country since January this year, preceded by the historic visit of the Egyptian Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation to Khartoum.
The President said he expected the governments in the two countries to play their role in this regard and that they work to remove hurdles that impede the implementation of the four freedoms and the free contact and cooperation between the peoples in Sudan and in Egypt, saying they should work to boost all types and forms of cooperation until Egypt regains its natural and leading role in the area.