Morsi due in Khartoum for 'historic' visit
04 April 2013, 12:24
Khartoum - Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi arrives in
neighbouring Sudan on Thursday for a visit which Khartoum termed historic but
an analyst said should have come sooner.
The two-day trip is the Muslim Brotherhood leader's first to
Sudan, which Egypt jointly ruled with Britain until 1956.
Morsi was elected last June after a popular uprising toppled
Official media in Sudan said Morsi is to hold talks with his
fellow Islamist, President Omar al-Bashir, as well as political party leaders
and members of the local Egyptian community.
"It is a historic visit because of the strategic depth
of the relations between the people of the two countries, and both leaders are
elected," Emad Sayed Ahmed, Bashir's press secretary, told AFP.
"On the contrary, it comes too late," University
of Khartoum political scientist Safwat Fanous said, noting Morsi had already
visited several other countries including India and Pakistan.
Bashir's press secretary said the visit follows up on talks
which the two leaders held in Cairo last September.
Morsi was due to land at about 13:00 GMT.