Sudan’s labour minister hails Egypt's decision to extend period for Sudanese expats to legalise their status

Jehad El-Sayed, Tuesday 20 Sep 2022

Sudanese Minister of Labour and Administrative Reform Suad Al-Tayeb Hassan thanked on Tuesday President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for giving Sudanese expats in Egypt – who include nearly 5 million workers – a six-month period to legalise their conditions, which will end on 2 October 2022.

 Egypt s Minister of Manpower Hassan Mohamed Shehata
Cabinet Of Egypt


The six-month period started in April upon a directive from El-Sisi to exempt Sudanese expats in Egypt from fines or fees for delaying the renewal of their residence permits.

In a meeting with Egypt’s Minister of Manpower Hassan Mohamed Shehata, the Sudanese minister affirmed that El-Sisi’s decision was made to protect the rights of the Sudanese community and to address any problems they may face, a statement by the Egyptian cabinet said.

The meeting between the two ministers came on the sidelines of the 48th session of the Arab Labour Conference organised by the Arab Labour Organisation (ALO) in Egypt with the attendance of labour ministers and representatives of trade unions from 21 Arab countries.

For his part, Shehata highlighted the strong brotherly relationship between the two countries, pointing out that Egypt and Sudan have a long history of relations on all levels.

The minister expressed Egypt’s complete readiness for any cooperation with Sudan, especially since there are already protocols signed between the two ministries to exchange experiences in all work fields.

The meeting discussed the Sudanese request to exchange expertise in training, safety, occupational health and labour inspection, as well as digital transformation and women's work and rehabilitation.

In March, El-Sisi held a meeting with Sudan’s military leader Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan on Wednesday in Cairo, to take part in a series of discussions on the political front to seek a way out of the Sudanese crisis.

Egypt has frequently expressed it keenness to help maintain its southern neighbour’s security and political stability. This includes reaching a consensus among all Sudanese parties on managing the transitional period without foreign interference.

The two countries have intensified coordination and enhanced bilateral relations throughout the past decade, exchanging high-level visits, conducting several joint military exercises, and exchanging views on key issues of mutual concern.

Egypt and Sudan have also adopted similar visions on their dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, expressing fears over their water security due to Ethiopia’s unilateral filling and operation of the mega dam.

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