Egyptian TV series sparks diplomatic response from Sudan

Sudan said there is huge security coordination among the military, security and police agencies in the two countries. (Supplied)

Sudan foreign ministry said Saturday that it had summoned the Egyptian ambassador in Khartoum in protest against a TV series which is aired on Egyptians satellite channels.

The ministry said in a statement: “Since the start of Ramadan most of the Egyptian TV channels are showing the series Abu Amr al-Masri after promoting it in a way echoing the insistence of others to showing the insistence of some on the fabrication and perpetuation of negative stereotype branding some Egyptian nationals residing or visiting Sudan as terrorist.”

The statement added: “The organizers of the series sought to inspire the viewers that some parts of Sudan were the scene of some of the events of the series, and used many means such as the Sudanese cars’ plates, which is a sovereign symbol and cannot be dealt with only after obtaining approval from the Sudanese authorities.”

The foreign ministry further added: “This insulting act to the two brotherly peoples has particularly harmed the peaceful existence of the Egyptian citizens in Sudan, who are here with the knowledge of the Egyptian authorities in accordance with the agreement to facilitate the movement of citizens between the two countries. There are 8 daily flights and more than 50 daily buses and vehicles between the two countries.”

Khartoum confirmed that no Egyptian citizen living in Sudan has been implicated in any terrorist incidents.

Sudan pointed out that there is huge security coordination among the military, security and police agencies in the two countries according to the agreement between them, which does not allow any activity and hostile acts from any country towards the other country.

The statement stressed that “this offensive series to Egyptian citizens coming and residing in Sudan is nothing but a vain attempt to strike confidence and paralyze communication between the two brotherly nations and the fate of this desperate attempt is certainly a failure.”

It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian Ambassador in Khartoum was summoned on May 16, and was handed over a memorandum to the authorities of his country.

According to the Sudanese statement, the summoning happened before the airing of the TV series on satellite channels.

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