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Eritrean president to visit Sudan on Thursday: state media

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June 10, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki will embark on an official visit to Sudan on Thursday that would last several days during which he will hold talks with his counterpart president Omer Hassan al-Bashir on bilateral ties along with the latest developments in the region, state media reported today.

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki (Reuters)

Sudan’s ambassador to Eritrea Magid Yusuf, told Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) that consultations have been ongoing between the leaderships of the two countries on matters of mutual concern.

Afewerki was notably absent from Bashir’s swearing-in ceremony last week despite confirmation by Sudanese officials that he would be attending which raised speculations about a silent rift between the two countries.

Tripartite summit in Sharm El-Sheikh

In a separate issue, the leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan held a summit in Sharm El-Sheikh on the sidelines of the African Economic Blocs.

Bashir proposed the establishment of a supreme joint committee between the three countries at the leadership level from which smaller subcommittees would emerge that specialize in political, economic, cultural and social fields with the goal of strengthening the relationships between them.

The leaders of Egypt and Ethiopia welcomed the proposal and agreed to have their foreign ministers pursue its implementation.

The three leaders also stressed their commitment to the principle of not harming the interests of each party and achieve mutual gain for all in line with the aspirations of the peoples of the three countries, who are looking to translate the principles of the Renaissance dam framework agreement signed in Khartoum last March and to address any concerns about the dam and its potential impacts.

They also discussed the follow up on the ongoing work of the Tripartite Commission and technical steps, on the dam that will be conducted by the consultancy offices who were selected for the preparation of technical studies on the dam.

They stressed the importance of adhering to the timelines included in the framework agreement.

(ST)

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