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Sudan's VP postpones trip to Egypt indefinitely.

July 24, 2011 (KHARTOUM) -- The Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha has put off his visit to Egypt indefinitely, it was announced here today.

FILE - Sudan's Second Vice President Ali Osman Taha (L) welcomes Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf upon his arrival at Khartoum's airport on March 27, 2011 (AFP)

Sudan's official news agency (SUNA) said that Taha had a phone conversation with Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf in which they both agreed to reschedule the trip that was set to start on Monday to a later unspecified date. The two officials were both of the point of view that the "temporary postponement" will provide more time to ministers from both sides and joint committees which will help achieve maximum benefits, SUNA reported. This is the second delay this month made to Sudan's VP visit to Cairo. He was to be accompanied by ministers of foreign affairs, international cooperation, information, agriculture and transportation. It is likely that visit was delayed as Egypt grapples with demonstrations that saw a number of clashes between military police and protesters demanding more freedom for the civilian government, an end to military trials and a timetable the completion of reforms. The unrest is the epicentre of protests that ousted president Hosni Mubarak last February. Egyptian Prime Minister reshuffled his cabinet last week and promised to speed up trials and political reforms. (ST)

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Publication:Sudan Tribune (Sudan)
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Date:Jul 25, 2011
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