Islamist Sudan welcomes election of Egypt's Mursi
The Islamist regime in neighbouring Sudan on Sunday said it looked forward to Egypt regaining a strategic regional role after the election of Mohamed Mursi from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mursi was declared as the first president of Egypt since a popular uprising last year ousted Hosni Mubarak.
"The government looks forward to Egypt's getting back its strategic role in the region, as well as in the Arab and Islamic world," the Khartoum regime said in an emailed statement.
It also "confirms it is ready to cooperate with the elected president and the government to get joint benefits for the people of the two countries."
Sudan, which was jointly ruled by Egypt and Britain until independence in 1956, congratulated Egyptians and "respects the decision of the Egyptian people," the statement said.
Sudan's Islamist leader Omar al-Bashir seized power on June 30, 1989.
Mursi won 51.73 percent of the Egyptian vote, defeating Ahmed Shafiq who was Mubarak's last premier.
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