LEADERS OF SUDAN, ETHIOPIA AGREE TO BOOST TIES
KHARTOUM, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the visiting Ethiopian rime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, have agreed to strengthen economic relations between their neighbouring countries and to contribute their parts towards regional economic integration.
Abiy and President al-Bashir held discussions at the National Palace here Wednesday and later told journalists of their commitment to boost the comprehensive relations between the two countries.
Abiy noted that the demographic and geo-political position of the two countries determined their decisive roles and comprehensive development in promoting changes in the region. He appreciated the growing economic co-operation registered between the two countries and called for further growth in economic relations.
He mentioned the trans-boundary joint development activities and co-operation in development of power and transport infrastructures and called for more enhanced co-operation in various sectors.
The governments of the two countries need to co-operate in meeting the needs of their peoples and strive to co-operate in resolving their problems through their collective efforts, he added.
The two leaders also agreed to strengthen the ongoing strategic co-operation between their countries and their joint commitments to ensure peaceful development for Africa.
Although considerable levels of success have been registered over the previous years, the two countries have agreed to work together as there is still more which to be done in promoting the strategic relations to meet the needs of the peoples of the two countries in ascertaining peaceful development and security, Abiy emphasized.
Abiy also emphasized the need to strengthen the ongoing people-to-people relations between the two countries. He said the relations between the two countries and governments is equated through their relations and brotherhood between the peoples of the two countries on the common use of the Nile River, and express his gratitude for Sudan’s position on the tripartite negotiations regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built across the Blue Nile.
President al-Bashir said that the two leaders hade agreed to work together to strengthen the comprehensive relations between the two countries to a higher level. He noted that the economic relations between the two countries are growing on a promising level.
He said that the two leaders had agreed to redouble efforts to promote and complete projects such as railways and electricity.
The president noted that Sudan expects to benefit from the construction of GERD, which will become Africa’s largest hydro-electric dam when completed and believes that the project will play a vital role in mutual development of the three countries and support the tripartite meetings that Ethiopia is conducting with his country and Egypt.
Abiy was later scheduled to visit various agricultural projects in Sudan.
Source: Nam News Network