Sudan, Egypt Contest their Maritime Borders

Map of Halayb Triangle, a territory disputed by Egypt and Sudan
Sudan will recover its territories as long as its dispute with Egypt are genuine. However, if it is for the sake of fighting Ethiopia’s war overt Egypt, it will certainly lose. (Photo: Map of Halayb Triangle, a territory disputed by Egypt and Sudan. )


The rift between Sudan and Egypt is growing with the neighbouring countries continuing their disagreements over their maritime borders.

In March, Sudan filed an official memorandum of objection for the first time containing baselines for its northern border, which included the Triangle within the Sudanese borders.

The Sudan Tribune newspaper quoted the Head of the Sudanese Bar Association, Osman Mohammed Al-Sharif, saying:

“Through the declaration that the Sudanese foreign ministry sent to the UN in March by way of presidential decree, Khartoum wanted to take a third course after Cairo refused the two solutions of direct negotiation and international arbitration.”

“The 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was signed by Sudan and Egypt, obliges them to appear before the court for maritime border disputes”.

An Egyptian diplomat said that during negotiations with Saudi Arabia over demarcation of the maritime borders, Egypt had insisted that the demarcation be carried out from the south to the north to ensure that Latitude 22 would be within Egyptian borders, despite being aware that there are legal agreements between Khartoum and Riyadh that include Saudi’s recognition that the Triangle of Halayeb is a Sudanese area.

The source, who declined to be named, claimed that Cairo knew that if Sudan resorted to international arbitration, Saudi Arabia would be forced to comply with its bilateral agreements with Sudan.

12 thoughts on “Sudan, Egypt Contest their Maritime Borders

  1. Leaving side fake TPLF reporting by this particular monitor, no matter how you slice this conflict over the disputed “Triangle”, Egypt is fully in charge of it…. and it clearly wants to systematically drag this issue out to eternity. I’ve done some reading about this lately, and I feel that the growing economic and political crisis in Sudan is the center of all this, not TPLF Ethiopia. Al-Bashir thinks he could use it to unite his people over this issue, while Egypt thinks it could use this to further isolate al-Bashir and get him toppled. Of course, TPLF Ethiopia wants us to think it has a role on this by distributing fake news like this one (LOL).

  2. Egyptian medical mission to Eritrea

    (ALBAWABA) – Egypt’s Ambassador to Eritrea, Yasser Hashim, said that the Egyptian Agency of Partnership and Development sent a medical convoy in the field of ophthalmology to Eritrea, that was situated there from April 28 to May 7.

    He said that the measure came in coordination with Egypt’s Ministry of Health, adding that the convoy included four doctors and a medical equipment engineer.

    He added that Eritrea’s Minister of Health, Amena Nour Hussein, met with the members of the medical convoy, as she was keen to express her appreciation of the effort exerted by the Egyptian government to support the health sector in the African country. She expressed her aspiration that the Egyptian government will resume sending medical convoys in the field of ophthalmology during the coming period.

    The Egyptian ambassador in Eritrea explained that the Egyptian medical convoy conducted hundreds of tests for Eritrean patients, in addition to dozens of surgical operations during its presence at the ophthalmology hospital in Asmara, saying that it left a positive impression on Egyptian experience in this field of medicine.

  3. the bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Sudan is very strong. Ethiopia is Sudan’s biggest trade partner, importing oil from Sudan while exporting low cost items as well as livestock to Sudan. Ethiopia and Sudan enjoy a very robust and productive relationship in the fields of diplomacy, economic trade, and political strategism. The two nation-states established diplomatic relations since Axumawit era and have since become strongly close global allies.
    ኩሉ ጊዜ ኣብ ጎኒ ሱዳን ኣለና::

    1. What took place in Metema is a good example of strong historical ties between Abbysinia and Sudan since the Axumawit era.

      1. ኣንታ ራአሲ ኣሉላ ከረን ሓሊፍካ ኩፊት ትበሃል ኣላ 15000 ዝግመት ናይ ደርቡሽ ሰራዊት ራአሲ ኣሉላ ቀፂዕዎ ንድዩ ::
        The people of Keren and the Tigre of lowland Eritrea praised the victory of Alula forces over the Mahdists. the people of Bogos had to say about Alula and his victory:

        ኣሉላ አመል ዋዚንተት ሓድርያ

        ሰንሒት ተሻቒር ዓለት አንሳ ኤግል ተርእያ

        ቤት ኣስገደ ሚን ፍውቂታ ከረያ

        መሓዝ ዓድ ፍዛእ አሮ ፊተውራሪ ከሳያ

        ሰገደት ኢሎስ ኤብ ብሩድ ፈግርያ

        ድርቡሽ ሚሲል ጥሪምባታ ርእሳ ሓር በልስያ

        ዝኮነ ኮይኑ ኣበ ታሪክ ሓልሓሊፍካ ግጭት ክለዓል ይክእል እዩ ግን ህዝቢ ንህዝቢ ዘይኮነስ ምስቲ ስርዓት ዝፍጠር ዘይምቅዳው እዩ በዚ ምክንያት ኣብ ቀፃሊ ናይ ሱዳንን ኢ/ያውያን ህዝቢ ዝፈጥሮ ሽግር የልቦን ::

    2. Why do u lie?
      The two nations loved or started their relations in the 50’s or 60’s

      did you forgot who killed the ethiopian emperor of tigray yohannis its was mahdi of sudan

  4. …. with a grain of salt ….

    Sissi works to forge an anti-Ethiopian front

    (ION) – Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry committed himself during a meeting with Eritrea’s foreign minister, Osman Saleh Mohamed, to strengthen bilateral ties with Asmara in exchange for the two countries’ forming a united front against Addis Ababa’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project [LOL].

    With that same goal in mind, Shoukry flew to Kampala to ensure support from Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni during a summit meeting of the Nile Basin Initiative on May 25.

    He equally promised that Egyptian businessmen would invest in Uganda’s hotel sector. A delegation of corporate chiefs will shortly travel to Entebbe to sign partnership accords.

    Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al Sissi recently toured countries that signed a Cooperative Framework Agreement – Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda – to get them on his side. But for want of real investment firepower Egypt’s foreign policy may find itself limited.

    1. What do you think. Do you think that Eritrea should form a ‘united front’ against the GERD project as ION states, or should be neutral/supportive of this project that can benefit Ethiopia, Sudan and perhaps even Eritrea in the future? By the way as you say, we should take this with a grain of salt as ION (Indian Ocean Newsletter) is very unreliable and have made numerous false claims against Eritrea in the past.

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