Jama’a al-Islamiya, Sudan ruling party sign cooperation agreement

Sudan’s ruling party and the political party of Jama’a al-Islamiya in Egypt signed a joint cooperation agreement Monday in Khartoum.

The two parties — Sudan’s Islamist-oriented National Congress and Egypt’s Construction and Development Party — held a meeting headed by Nafie Ali Nafie, assistant to the Sudanese president, and Safwat Abdel Ghany, head of the Construction and Development Party.

Ibrahim Ghandour, head of the National Congress foreign relations sector, attended the meeting.

The two sides said in a joint statement that the real challenge facing Islamists in both Sudan and Egypt is to unite by establishing strong alliances on the state level and to work together.

They claimed that the anti-Islamist currents in the two countries are sometimes able to attract some elites, but they are separate from the street and don’t have an impact on people. The statement also discussed what the parties referred to as secular forces' denial of democracy when it does not bring them to power.

Ghandour said the joint cooperation agreement includes political and economic axes and activates action, especially among active groups in the two countries, including youth, students and women.

He said after the 25 January revolution in Egypt, the two countries are headed towards further mutually beneficial cooperation.

Edited translation from MENA

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