Friday, December 06, 2013

Sudan-Ethiopian Higher Committee Holds Meeting

Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (Addis Ababa)

Ethiopia: Sudan-Ethiopia Higher Committee Holds Meeting


Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir says meetings of the Joint Sudan-Ethiopia Higher Committee are regarded as a step forward towards achieving a comprehensive vision for firm relations and co-operation between the two countries and a contribution to regional and international efforts to confront the challenges in Africa.

Addressing the opening session of meetings of the Joint Sudan-Ethiopia Higher Committee in Khartoum on Tuesday, President Al-Bashir said that Sudan looks forward for consolidating its cooperation with Ethiopia and prevalence of a more secure and integrated region.

President Al-Bashir said that the framework agreement expected to be signed by Sudan and Ethiopia would be conducive to establishing strategic bilateral relations in all fields, pushing ahead the co-operation between the two countries to encompass wider horizons, meeting the aspirations of the two peoples and establishing joint projects for the interest of the two peoples.

President Al-Bashir voiced appreciation for the responsible democratic practices, the high economic growth rate and the infrastructural and industrial projects being established in Ethiopia and lauded the role being played by Ethiopia in boosting the peace process in Sudan, referring to the presence of UNISFA (United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei) forces at the joint border between Sudan and South Sudan to keep peace and stability at the area.

The Foreign Ministers of Sudan and Ethiopia, who met earlier, submitted the report on the outcome of the Joint Sudan-Ethiopia Ministerial Committee to joint higher committee which is co-headed by President Al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.

The report, presented by Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti at the opening session, reflected the vision of the two countries for consolidating their bilateral relations and the cooperation in the political, economic and social fields within the framework of the fraternity and solidarity between the Sudanese and Ethiopian peoples.

Karti said the framework agreement in the economic and technical fields complied with the vision of the leaderships of the two countries for establishing strategic economic relations and co-operation.

He pointed to the spirit of co-operation and fraternity which prevailed at the joint ministerial committee, affirming keenness of the Sudanese and Ethiopian Foreign Ministries to work for re-activating the follow-up mechanisms and to boost implementation of the agreements.

Karti disclosed that the ministerial meeting approved 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding in the trade, economic, technical, legal, criminal, aviation, local and federal government, passenger transport, security, railways, combat of human trafficking, women, children, youth, banking, customs and general education fields.

Source: Sudan News Agency

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