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Egypt urges Sudan to lift ban on fruit and vegetable imports

Staff Writer |
Egypt’s government on Friday called for Sudan to lift all restrictions on Egyptian agricultural exports to Sudan and to review the lists of “negative commodities.”

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Last September, the Sudanese government temporarily suspended all imports of Egyptian vegetables and fruit following U.S. reports about cases of strawberries from Egypt causing chronic hepatitis and other diseases.

Also, seven countries including Kuwait, Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Japan have taken strict measures banning imports of Egyptian agricultural products.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Abu Zaid, said that a meeting between Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shokry has called for the importance of considering the removal of all Sudanese restrictions on Egypt’s farming products in order to support trade between the two nations.

“Egypt is keen to coordinate with the Sudanese side in all international forums and organizations in light of the historic ties between the two nations,” he added.

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