In this photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, is greeted by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on his arrival to  Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, July 19, 2018.
In this photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, is greeted by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on his arrival to Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Egypt's foreign minister on Thursday voiced support for Sudan's embattled government, as Khartoum grapples with demonstrations against price hikes in which a disputed number of protesters have been killed.

FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2018 handout image provided a Sudanese activist, people chant slogans during a demonstration in Kordofan, Sudan.
Sudan Journalists Call for Strike in Support of Protests
A Sudanese journalists' network and a number of labor and trade unions issued calls Thursday for a day of peaceful protests against the government. They say the protests are aimed at drawing attention to what the groups consider an excessive use of force against people who have taken to the streets to condemn a rise in food and fuel prices. Protesters this week called for the resignation of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who on Thursday accused "large Western states" of provoking the economic…

Cairo's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and intelligence chief General Abbas Kamel arrived in Sudan's capital on Thursday for talks with President Omar al-Bashir and other officials at a time when angry crowds have held anti-government rallies in Khartoum and other cities.

"Egypt is confident that Sudan will overcome the present situation," Shoukry told reporters after he met Bashir at the presidential palace in Khartoum.

"Egypt is always ready to support Sudan and the ability of Sudanese people as per the government of Sudan's vision and policies," he said.

The "stability of Sudan means (the) stability of Egypt," Shoukry said in what were the first remarks by a top regional Arab official in support of Bashir's government since protests began on December 19.

The visit of the two Egyptian officials comes after the protests evolved into deadly clashes between riot police and protesters angered by a trebling of bread prices to three Sudanese pounds (about six US cents).

Demonstrators run from teargas lobbed to disperse them as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan, Dec. 25, 2018.
Sudanese Protesters Dispersed After Week of Rallies
At least three Sudanese protesters were wounded by gunshots Tuesday when security forces dispersed rallies in the capital, witnesses said, after a week of demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir's three-decade rule. A witness said security forces barred protesters at one location in Khartoum from marching on the presidential palace by firing tear gas and shots in the air.Three witnesses told Reuters that three protesters had been wounded by gunshots, one of them in the head.A police spokesman…

Sudanese authorities say eight demonstrators have been killed, but Amnesty International has put the death toll at 37, citing "credible reports".

Cairo and Khartoum have recently sought to iron out their differences in a bid to improve relations roiled by a longstanding border dispute and an impasse in talks over Ethiopia's Nile dam.

In October Sudan lifted a ban on agricultural imports from Egypt during a visit to Khartoum by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

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