The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Sudan-Egypt "Four Freedoms" agreement

Sudan and Egypt ease border controls

The Sudanese parliament has ratified an agreement with Egypt that allows citizens of the two countries to live and work in each other's territory.

The parliament approved the so-called Four Freedoms Agreement on Tuesday, which was concluded between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir in Cairo in January.

The agreement gives Egyptians and Sudanese freedom of movement, residence, work and ownership in either country.

Considering the precarious life that Sudanese refugees in Egypt live, this could mean a lot for them. But I don't see the Egyptians ratifying and putting into effect this agreement anytime soon, particularly as the issue of foreign workers in Egypt is becoming more controversial.