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Sudanese-Eritrean ties remain deeply rooted, says Afewerki

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May 10, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Eritrean president, Isaias Afewerki, has underscored that his country’s ties with Sudan are deep and strong and were reflected on several common interests which links the two countries.

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President of Eritrea Isaias Afewerki (Photo: Getty Images)

Afewerki, who paid a three-day visit to Sudan, pointed in press statements at Khartoum airport before leaving the country on Saturday that he discussed several cooperation issues relating to recent developments in bilateral relations.

“Our visit to Sudan was not intended for media consumption but for a work program in many issues which serve interests of both countries,” Afewerki said.

He asserted that practical steps were taken in order to implement programs which were agreed upon between the two sides.

Salih Abdalla, director of the Operation Department of Sudan’s Electricity Corporation, said that the they started implementation of the two presidents’ directives with regard to the electric linkage between the two countries.

The 45-kilometers electric line with a capacity of 66 kilovolt, will link Sudan’s eastern town of Kassala and Eriteria’s Teseney town.

The Eritrean president also toured the Khartoum refinery and the currency printing facility.

On Thursday, Sudan’s state minister at the foreign ministry, Obeid Allah Mohamed Obeid Allah, stated that the two sides discussed economic cooperation specially the electrical interconnection between the neighboring countries.

“The two sides discussed the importance of completing this project in the near future,” Obeid Allah said, adding that talks dealt with the possibility of providing Eritrea with oil derivatives.

The two sides, according to the state minister, further discussed efforts to control and secure the joint border.

Afewerki was seen off at Khartoum airport by Sudan’s First Vice-President, Bakri Hassan Salih, and several ministers and senior government officials.

Sudan, which in past proposed to reconcile Addis Ababa and Asmara and forge strong economic relations, holds regular meetings with officials from the two horn of Africa foes aiming to enhance bilateral cooperation on various fields.

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  • 11 May 2014 07:50, by Jalaby

    Yes, indeed, Eritreans are very close to us, I remember when the relationship between Sudan and Eritrea was so bad during the mid nineties, and Eritrea was supporting the rebels and took Sudan embassy building in Asmara and gave it to Sudanese opposition, journalist asked Aferweki "would it going to be a war between Eritrea and Sudan?" he answered "That’s impossible"!

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    • 11 May 2014 08:05, by Jalaby

      many tribes are located in the border between Sudan and Eritrea like Beny Ameer, close to half of them live in Sudan and the rest live in Eritrea, Rashiada bedouins tribe as well who moved between the two countries!
      We will connect Eritrea with our paved roads,electricity,agricultural products,livestock,etc!
      Eritrea will soon become like one of our state in the east

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      • 11 May 2014 08:13, by Jalaby

        and the next step is to have a confederal government with Eritrea before we add them completely to our country because our objective is to establish "The United State of Sudan" which will include also Chad and CAR!
        Eritrea has strategic location on the Red Sea, after we add Eritrea to our country then the red sea will be nothing but fully controlled by

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        • 11 May 2014 08:17, by Jalaby

          Arab countries:Saudi,Jordan,Egypt,Yemen,Djibouti and Sudan, we will be controlling the most important sea in the world and we can change its name by then and call it "The Arab Sea"!

          Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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  • 11 May 2014 09:20, by Pif Paf

    Jalaby, I think you went a little too far with that analysis Haha. Our relation with Eritrea is no doubt a strategic one, just like all our neighbors. Both countries stand to gain a lot from such corporation. Sudan should also increase its efforts to reconcile between our Eritrean and Ethiopian brothers to bring more stability to the region.

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