Arab ministers meeting in Khartoum on 14 January expressed their opposition to any partition of Sudan, releasing a statement that said: ‘Arab countries support the territorial unity of Sudan and oppose any attempt to carve it up.’ The meeting was chaired by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, who met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher pledged aid for its neighbour’s reconstruction once a peace agreement had been reached.