President Isaias Holds Talks With Various Egyptian Government Officials

In continuation of his meetings with a number of Egyptian government officials, President Isaias Afwerki today held talks with the Minister of National Security, Mr. Omar Suleiman, focusing on bilateral and regional issues.

Asmara, 5 May 2010 - In continuation of his meetings with a number of Egyptian government officials, President Isaias Afwerki today held talks with the Minister of National Security, Mr. Omar Suleiman, focusing on bilateral and regional issues.

In the meeting, the two sides reached understanding that Eritrea and Egypt should work in coordination with the main partners, namely the Sudanese National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the 2011 South Sudan Referendum so that it may lead to peace and stability in Sudan and the region.

During the discussion as regards the Somali issue, both sides agreed that the Eritrean and Egyptian governments would work together for the realization of a comprehensive political process in which all Somali nationals participate, and in a situation where external interference is brought to an end.

President Isaias assured Mr. Omar Suleiman of Eritrea’s conviction that Egypt needs to play vigorous constructive role in issues pertaining to the Horn of Africa.

Earlier, the President held talks with the Egyptian Prime Minister, Dr. Ahmed Nezif, on reinforcing bilateral cooperation in agriculture, trade, industry and energy, boosting import and export, as well as free transaction of the two countries’ products. To this end, President Isaias and Dr. Ahmed Nezif reached understanding that the issue of infrastructure and financing of transport facilities should be duly addressed, and that a joint body should be set up.