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Morsi holds talks with Eritrea and Sudan

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Egyptian president meets with delegations from the Eritrean and Sudanese foreign ministries to discuss bilateral and regional issues

President Mohamed Morsi and Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr met with the Eritrean foreign minister Osman Saleh and the Eritrean presidential adviser for political affairs, Yamani Jabr (Photo Presidency Handout)

President Mohamed Morsi and Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr met with the Eritrean foreign minister Osman Saleh and the Eritrean presidential adviser for political affairs, Yamani Jabr
(Photo Presidency Handout)

President Mohamed Morsi and Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr met with the Eritrean foreign minister Osman Saleh and the Eritrean presidential adviser for political affairs, Yamani Jabr, in Cairo on Monday to boost bilateral relations between the countries and discuss a number of regional and international issues.

According to foreign ministry spokesperson Amr Roshdy, the two dignitaries addressed the growing problem of trafficking in African refugees through Egyptian territories. For the last two years, refugees and asylum-seekers, most of them Eritrean, have been kidnapped from refugee camps in Sudan and transported to the Sinai desert where they are held for ransom by Bedouin gangs, according to a recent Amnesty International report.

In the report, Amnesty International called on all the countries along the trafficking route to crack down on kidnappings and abuses and to increase their engagement with international agencies to protect the safety of refugees. In Monday’s meeting, Amr stressed the need to increase awareness of this issue and the harm it causes to African refugees.

They also agreed to establish a plan headed by both foreign ministers to increase political communication between the two countries, to strengthen Egypt’s relationship with Eritrea and the rest of the African continent, and to increase Egypt’s involvement in a variety of development projects in the Nile Basin countries, Roshdy said.

Amr also confirmed Egypt’s desire to promote trade with Eritrea, especially once the planned land bridge between Sudan and Egypt has been established.

Morsi also discussed the land bridge with a Sudanese delegation led by the head of the Council of States, Adam Hamid Musa. In their meeting on Monday, Morsi emphasised that it is the responsibility of both governments to push ahead with the three land routes, one in the east, one in the west and one along the coast, to facilitate the movement of peoples and goods between the two countries.

The president expressed a desire for continued communication between the Sudanese Council of States and the Egyptian Shura Council as both states work toward convergence at legislative and civil levels.

Chairman of the Shura Council, Ahmed Fahmy announced that the parliamentary committees of both states have established an agreement to promote cooperation between their legislative branches. This agreement will expand to include the House of Representatives once it has been elected, Morsi said.

The cooperation and integration initiatives between Egypt and Sudan mark the beginning of wider regional collaboration, Morsi said.

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  • Amir

    Egypt now is free to build relationship with governments who can help us, Morsi is clever and brave to even think of having to hold talks with Eritrea, Trust me guys this Eritrean govenment knows how to play the card in that area.

    We need Eritrea to help us with our water life line, NILE. We also need to learn some aspects of defines from the Eritreans.

    Egypt for ever.

    • Rahmeto

      Tell Morsi not to go around the bush, come talk to Ethiopia for real solutions on your “water life line, NILE”. If you are looking a solution from/through Eritrea, ADIOS.

    • Kidia

      @disqus_5cd1XYCiPr:disqus Do not be selfish. Ethiopia have the right to use Abay water with out affecting the downstream countries, e.g Sudan and Egypt. Unless we talk around the table its not solution go across Eritrea. Its the last solution. You will see soon we will use full capacity Abay/Nile water with out imminent effect of others. Even our relationship will be bloom. We do not like evaporator the water in the on the desert of Egypt, instead we will use it in sustainable way. We will reduce soil banking in Aswan dam that increase the life span of the dam. So what is the bad side to use this water? Believe us we deliver the water for ever for Egyptians. But, selfishness will stop the way of the river…..

    • BrixtonSouthLondon

      Amir, Eritrea development is amazing, we work hard for our people, we have build water reserves and damns all over the country, its old tradition, that still works. History is repeating itself, Land of Punt (Eritrea) and EGYPT ARE WORKING TOGEHTER AGAIN LIKE 4000YEARS ago. Mashallah

  • http://www.facebook.com/Brihin Berhane M Tekeste

    “Chairman of the Shura Council, Ahmed Fahmy announced that the parliamentary committees of both states have established an agreement to promote cooperation between their legislative branches.” What a joke! THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AND THERE IS NO LEGISLATIVE BODY IN ERITREA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Brihin Berhane M Tekeste

    To Emily Crane,

    “Chairman of the Shura Council, Ahmed Fahmy announced that the parliamentary committees of both states have established an agreement to promote cooperation between their legislative branches.” What is that? A joke! THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AND THERE IS NO LEGISLATIVE BODY IN ERITREA!

  • BrixtonSouthLondon

    Egypt and Eritrea,Sudan….brothers! Together are we strong,

  • Habesha

    Fuck of this Bastard Shabia i!! Yes we have differences with our brothers in Ethiopia, but let me tell you we Eritrean would never support Egypt on the Nile issue. We don’t care anything about your intention about Nile. We have nothing in common with Arabs!

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