Sudan: President Al-Bashir "Sudan is keen to enhance cooperation with Ethiopia"

Khartoum (HAN) February 19, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional political news. President Omer Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan reiterated on Wednesday  that Sudan was keen to lift existing bilateral relations, and most importantly its economic ties with Ethiopia, to a higher level. Speaking at the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Mekelle, capital of Tigray Regional State, President Omer al-Bashir said,

“Our keenness to participate in this anniversary, as in any other events in Ethiopia, is confirmation of the particular relationship between Ethiopia and Sudan.”

The President emphasized that Sudan was ready to enhance and diversify relations within the framework of the shared strategic vision of the two friendly countries. He said the Sudan was ready to turn the shared borders of Ethiopia and Sudan into an epicenter for comprehensive economic integration.

Both countries are engaged in numerous joint projects aimed to provide cross-border links with roads and railways as well as creating a free zone area along the border to facilitate movement of people and commodities and boost trade.

The celebrations were attended by Ethiopia’s President Dr. Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as well as President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, Prime Minister Kamil Abdelkadir Mohamed of Djibouti, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda, and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Also present were representatives of the European Union, US, China and South Korea.

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