At the conclusion of joint talks between Sudan and Chad in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, co-chaired by President of the Sovereignty Council Gen. Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan and President of the Transitional Period in the Republic of Chad Lt. Gen, Mahamat Idris Deby, the two sides issued a joint statement, in which they stressed the importance of strengthening communication and coordination between the two countries, in a way that contributes to the promotion and development of the existing cooperation between the two countries.
The joint statement pointed out that the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan, His Excellency Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan made a friendship and work visit to N'Djamena at the head of a high-level delegation, saying this visit, which embodies the existing excellent relations of cooperation between the two countries, comes within the framework of the regular consultations between the heads of state of the two countries with the aim of strengthening the deep-rooted brotherhood that binds the two peoples.
It noted that during their meeting, the two heads of state discussed issues of mutual concern in various fields, pointing out that in terms of bilateral cooperation, the two presidents welcomed the regular consultations, mutual support and respect that serve the relations between the two countries, and reaffirmed their readiness to work continuously in order to further enhance them.
The two heads of state also stressed the need to convene the joint ministerial committee with the aim of reactivating all agreements and mechanisms at the diplomatic, security, economic, technical, social and cultural levels. The statement affirmed that the two heads of state welcomed the important recommendations issued by El Geneina Conference in 2018, which concern several areas, the implementation of which faces some difficulties.
In this regard, the two presidents renewed their commitment to follow up on the implementation of the aforementioned recommendations.
The statement went on to say that when the two presidents discussed the security situation in the border area, they expressed their concern about increase of conflicts between communities, which have caused many losses of lives, adding that, the two presidents stressed the urgent need to strengthen the operational capacity of the Joint Chadian-Sudanese Force, to face the security challenges in the border area of the two countries through the establishment of direct and continuous relations between the various concerned parties, especially defense and security, and the protection of refugees and displaced persons.
The two heads of state also focused in particular on the exchange of information and intelligence between the security services of the two countries, as well as judicial cooperation, the statement said, noting that both sides agreed on the need for strong and consistent action to curb illegal migration and arms smuggling.
The statement said the two presidents raised the need to activate the joint Sudan-CAR-Chad Force that was created on January 18, 2005 in Khartoum to combat insecurity on the common borders of the three countries.
His Excellency the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, General Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, expressed his thanks to the Chadian government for supporting Sudan’s efforts to establish peace and stability, considering Chad as one of the guarantors of the Juba Peace Agreement and its hosting of Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad, stressing the importance of working with the sister Republic of Chad and partners for their return to their villages.
The statement said on the other hand, His Excellency General Mahamad Idriss Deby Itno affirmed Chad's commitment as a guarantor of the Juba Agreement between the Sudanese government and the armed movements (October 3, 2020) to follow up and implement this agreement.
At the regional level, the two presidents expressed concern about the continuation of terrorist groups in the Sahel region and their spread in the continent, the statement said.
With regard to economic and trade exchanges between the two countries, the statement noted that the two presidents indicated the need to activate these exchanges through Port Sudan in accordance with the agreements signed for this purpose.
The two parties stressed the urgent need to complete the railway project between Chad and Sudan as soon as possible and the road infrastructure that facilitates economic and commercial transactions.