Khartoum-Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed concluded a two-day visit to Sudan during which he held talks
with President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir, during which they affirmed keenness on boosting bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister was seen off at Khartoum Airport upon the conclusion of the visit by President Al Bashir, ministers and senior government officials.
The Sudanese and Ethiopian governments agreed on realizing economic integration, connecting the two countries by roads and railways, expanding trade exchanges and facilitating exchange of commodities and investments.
President Al Bashir and the Ethiopian Prime Minister affirmed that Sudan and Egypt would not be harmed by the establishment of the Renaissance Dam.
On the Renaissance Dam, Al Bashir pointed out that there is full agreement on the issues of the dam and that there is strong commitment that the water share of Egypt would not be affected by establishment of the Dam, indicating that Sudan has found through studies that the positive effects of the dam are more by many folds than the negative ones.
Al Bashir, speaking at a joint press conference with the Ethiopian Prime Minister at the conclusion of his visit to Sudan Thursday, indicated that the safety of the dam is assured and that it doesn’t pose any threat to Sudan or Egypt and that filling of the lake would not have negative effects on the irrigation installations in Egypt and Sudan
President Al Bashir affirmed that the two sides shared identical viewpoints on all issues discussed during talks with the Ethiopian Prime Minister.
President Al Bashir issued a republican decree dropping penalties of all Ethiopian nationals convicted in cases of public rights at the country’s prisons.
President Al Bashir said in the press conference that the decision releasing the Ethiopians tried in Sudan comes in honor of the visit of the Ethiopian Prime Minister to the country.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister expressed thanks and appreciation to the decision of President Al Bashir releasing the Ethiopian nationals sentenced to imprisonment in Sudan, saying that the move affirms Al-Bashir’s understanding to the issues of Ethiopia and his keenness on boosting it.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, described the talks held between the two countries during his visit as fraternal and constructive.
He affirmed at the joint press conference with President Al Bashir at the Republican Palace Thursday that the talks tackled ways and means of boosting joint cooperation at regional and international levels in a view to promoting the bilateral relations further.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister praised the peaceful and fraternal coexistence between the Sudanese and Ethiopian peoples, saying that they would work to boost it further for serving the common interests.
He affirmed that Ethiopia understands the issue of water sharing between the three countries and it is keen on realizing benefits for Sudan and Egypt, saying that they haven’t any intention to harm Sudan or Egypt and that the declaration of principles agreement would help the three countries in reducing the negative aspects and enhancing the benefits of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopian from the project.
He explained that the two sides have agreed on economic integration, linking the two countries through roads and railways and expanding trade and investment exchanges besides working together for realizing peace and stability in the region.
Meanwhile, First Vice-President and National Prime Minister 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh held talks with the Ethiopian Prime Minister on bilateral relations between the two countries and aspects of joint cooperation between Khartoum and Addis Ababa.
State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mohamed Abdallah Idriss said in a press statement that the meeting discussed the political, economic and security developments in the Horn of Africa Area besides the international economic transformations.
The meeting also discussed benefitting of Ethiopia from Port Sudan harbor and facilitating the movements of the two peoples between the two countries, Idriss said.
He added that the meeting also tackled the situations in South Sudan and the importance that the two countries play effective role in helping South Sudan to overcome the problems it faces besides assisting in removing spots of tension in the area and the region.
In another development, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, also met at his residence at Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum Vice President Hassabo Mohamed Abdul Rahman and discussed the relations between Khartoum and Addis Ababa and means of boosting them further.
The State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Idriss, said in a press statement the meeting discussed activities of the Joint Ministerial Committee between the two countries and the importance of enhancing its works for realizing the interests of the two peoples besides files of cooperation in the fields of combating illegal migration, human trafficking, drugs and light weapons trade.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, accompanied by President Al Bashir visited the farm of Sudanese businessman Osama Dawoud for diary and animal production in east of Khartoum.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded the experience of the Sudanese businessman in the agricultural production as a successful pioneering national investment in an important field.
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