Ethiopia, Sudan Ministerial Committee Meetings Kick off in Khartoum

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Addis Ababa, 2 December 2013 (WIC) - Sudan Ambassador to Ethiopia, Abdul Rahman Sir Al-Khatim, has revealed that the Ethiopian government will participate in the Ministerial Joint Committee meetings between Sudan and Ethiopia which began yesterday at the level of experts.     

For the first time the Ethiopian Cabinet participates in bilateral meetings with a friendly country, said Sir Al-Khatim, in an exclusive statement to Sudan Vision yesterday following the meeting of experts. This reflects the strong political will of Ethiopia to proceed on the issue of developing its relations with Sudan.    

He said a ministerial delegation from Ethiopia will arrive on Tuesday to meet with their counterparts in Khartoum to prepare the agreements and documents that will be signed by the two Presidents on Wednesday.

16 strategic framework agreements will be signed by the Presidents of the two countries in the economic, commercial, investment and cultural fields besides several memos of understanding in the political, security, cultural and social fields, the ambassador said.     

He added that the launch by the Presidents of the two countries of the power transmission line linking the two countries is evidence of developed relations between the two countries, adding that the project will positively impact on lives of citizens in the two countries.   

Meetings of Sudan-Ethiopia Ministerial Joint Committee began yesterday at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum at the level of experts. Sub-committees are preparing the documents and agreements for the two countries' leaders to sign them on Tuesday.    

Director of Bilateral Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Abdul Mahmoud Abdul Halim, has emphasized the importance of these meetings adding that the prevailing conditions and environment at the regional and international levels will make these meetings more important.

Good relations between the two countries are not for the benefit of the two peoples only; it will become a foundation for peace, development and stability in the region and the whole continent.    

President of the Ethiopian side, Ambassador Solomon Ababa, said his country attaches great importance to the meetings.

He said Sudan is a priority in Ethiopia's foreign policy, urging implementation of the concluded agreements. The people of the two countries pin hope on these meetings to achieve their aspirations for sustainable development, safe neighborhood and joint interests, he said. (

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