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Egypt, Sudan sign cooperation agreement on cross-border rail

A cross-border railway line connecting Sudan and Egypt is in the offing after the two countries signed a joint cooperation agreement.

During a virtual meeting on October 22 attended by Sudan’s Ambassador to Cairo, Mohamed Al-Yas, Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel Al-Wazir and his Sudanese counterpart Hashim Ibn Auf discussed the terms of a joint cooperation document, which aims to provide funding for an economic, social and environmental feasibility study for the project.

Mr Wazir signed the agreement and handed it to Ambassador Al-Yas for subsequent signing by Ibn Auf.

In the first phase, the proposed railway, to be built according to Egyptian rail specifications, will run from Aswan in Egypt to Wadi Halfa in Sudan’s Northern State, a length of 609 km. The standard gauge railway will serve both passengers and freight. 

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The project will be funded by the Egyptian and Sudanese governments and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED). 

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