Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki on Monday vowed to work on strengthening bilateral relations.
Al-Bashir and Afwerki held closed-door talks in Port-Sudan, the capital city of the Red Sea State.
“The talks were constructive and honest. The two presidents discussed all issues that serve the relations between the two countries,” Magid Osman, Sudan’s ambassador to Eritrea, told reporters here following the talks.
He added that the two leaders have agreed to coordinate stances regarding regional and international issues with the emphasis that each country has its independent policies and national positions.
The talks also reviewed economic, political and social issues as well as the current issues at the Horn of Africa region, said the diplomat.
Afwerki arrived in Sudan Sunday on a three-day visit and participated with al-Bashir in launching the 7th Tourism and Shopping Festival in Port-Sudan.
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Sudan and Eritrean Presidents Participating at Red Sea Tourism and Shopping Festival in Port Sudan
President Isaias Afwerki and President Field Marshal Omar Al-Bashir, of the Republic of Sudan, officially opened on 24 November the 7th Red Sea Tourism and Shopping Festival in Port Sudan.
In a speech he delivered at the opening ceremony which is being staged at the Port Sudan Stadium, President Isaias expressed gratitude for the warm welcome he was accorded by the people and Government of the Republic of Sudan, and indicated that the relationship between Eritrea and the Sudan is founded on solid foundation and that there needs mutual efforts for its further development. He also congratulated the leadership of the Republic of Sudan for the all-round development registered in the Red Sea region in the past years.
President Omar Al-Bashir on his part expressed appreciation for the participation of President Isaias at the 7th Tourism and Shopping Festival, and described the President “Strong leader who led the Eritrean Revolution to victory”.
President Al-Bashir said that Eritrea and his country are committed to work for the mutual benefit of the two countries, and that the border of the two countries is one for peace and development. He also appreciated the efforts of President Isaias to this end.
President Isaias left for Port Sudan in the afternoon hours on 23 November upon official invitation to participate at the Festival.
Upon arrival in Port Sudan he was awarded warm welcome by President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela, Administrator of the Sudanese Red Sea region, senior Government officials, and members of the Eritrean community in Port Sudan, as well as a number of residents of the port city.
Likewise, President Isaias Afwerki accompanied by the President of the Republic of Sudan and other senior Sudanese officials visited the newly constructed asphalt road in Port Sudan.
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