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Egypt hails Eastern Sudan peace deal

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Oct 15, 2006 (CAIRO) –- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Aboul-Gheit said the signing of a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Eastern Front on Saturday 14 October was of special importance at this current juncture.

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Amr Musa, the Secretary General of the Arab League and Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed About Gheit at the signing cermony of the ESPA in Asmara Sat 14, 2006 (Shabait)

It will contribute to peace and stability throughout Sudan, especially as it comes a year after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nairobi and five months after the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, he told the press here on Sunday.

Aboul-Gheit represented President Hosni Mubarak at the signing ceremony of the East Sudan Peace Agreement between the Sudanese government and the Eastern Front in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, the Egyptian MENA reported.

He said he handed over to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Eritrean President Isais Afewerki messages of congratulations from President Mubarak for the signing of the agreement. The messages also dealt with bilateral relations and developments of the Darfur crisis, he added.

Saturday’s agreement involves three protocols concerning security arrangements and wealth and power sharing. It also paves the road towards the participation of the people of the east in political and administrative institutions at all levels in Sudan and allows the pumping of additional resources for the implementation of development projects, according to Aboul-Gheit.

He expressed hope all efforts directed at realizing peace in Sudan would be crowned with success and lauded the Eritrean mediation in striking the latest peace deal.

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