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Sudan releases dozens of Egyptian fishermen: Ministry

As Bashir is expected to attend inauguration of the new Suez Canal in Egypt, Sudan frees 101 Egyptian fishermen

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Sudan released dozens of Egyptian fishermen late Wednesday, who had been detained amid claims of trespassing in the neighboring country’s waters, the state-run Ahram Online cited Egypt’s foreign ministry as saying in a statement Thursday.

The news of the release of the 101 fishermen comes at a time when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir was expected to attend Egypt’s inauguration event of its new Suez Canal.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also sent a plane to transport the fishermen from the city of Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast to Egypt early on Thursday.

Soon after Bashar’s order, Sisi issued a release order for 44 Sudanese prisoners in Egypt, state news agency MENA reported. The Sudanese nationals were detained for illegally crossing borders and will be sent back to Sudan on an Egyptian plane.

The new Suez Canal’s inauguration will be attended by several heads of state including French President Francois Hollande.