Sudan’s Bashir on 3-day visit to Eritrea

June 12, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir begins on Thursday a three-day visit to Asmara where he will hold meetings with the Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki over bilateral relations between the two neighbours. According

June 12, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir begins on Thursday a three-day visit to Asmara where he will hold meetings with the Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki over bilateral relations between the two neighbours.

According to the Sudanese presidency Bashir’s delegation includes his presidency’ affairs minister Bakri Hassan Saleh, foreign affairs minister Ali Karti and the director of intelligence and security services Mohamed Atta.

“The two leaders will discuss the path of bilateral relations and ways to enhance joint cooperation between the two countries”, reported the state news agency SUNA on Wednesday.

This week, Al-Ayam newspaper disclosed that Afwerki had refused to allow SPLM-N rebels to open a new front against Bashir’s regime in eastern Sudan from his western border.

The independent daily reported that Afwerki had been approached last week by the SPLM-N leader Malik Agar and Yasir Arman, secretary general of the rebel group.

The SPLM-N, which formed an alliance with Darfur rebel groups, seeks to capitalise on the growing discontent of Beja ethnic group over the implementation of a peace treaty that Asmara sponsored with the former rebel East Front in October 2006.

Musa Mohamed Ahmed, presidential assistant and head of Eastern Front has reportedly left Khartoum to Asmara to protest the non-implementation of 2006 peace agreement.

Eritrea in the past supported the SPLM and other Sudanese rebel or opposition forces in their struggle against Khartoum government. However, Eritrea has bad relations with Juba which, after the signing of 2005 peace agreement, focused its efforts on the improvement of relations with its regional enemy Ethiopia.

On the other hand, Khartoum since improved its relations with the isolated regime in Asmara, as the two countries signed different political and economic accords. Sudan also banned the activities of Eritrean rebel groups from its territory.

In Khartoum, the opposition Eritrean Islam Islah (Reform) Movement on Wednesday announced that Sudanese security service arrested eight members of its military wing in Kassala, eastern Sudan , near the border with Eritrea.

Khartoum in the recent years was condemned by United Nations and rights groups for handing over Eritrean opponents to Asmara.

On October 17, 2011, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees condemned the Sudanese authorities for handing over 300 Eritreans to Asamara without screening them for refugee status.

Eritrea in the past accused Sudan of supporting Islamic groups who were carrying attacks against the government in the western province of Eritrea near the border.

Source: Sudan Tribune (ST)

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  • abel June 15, 2013

    Bilateral talk? bilateral my ass,how many times did the tellus this nonsense.How many times did they visit each other?what have they done so far? I think Beshir goes to Eritrea when he feel like having Black label and young girls,and the same with Isaias.

    After watching the Egyptian Video clip.
    I thought every Eritrean should have held demonstration and demanded a formal apology from Egypt for considering eritrea as their loyal dog,ready to do their dirty job.I know it will not come from Asmara b/c there is some truth in it.But honestly even if ur in their payroll,wouldn’t one(even a slave) say something for the sake of honor?

  • hazemo June 15, 2013

    NOW IS THE TIME FOR ERITREAN TO RECOVER OUR COUNTRY FROM THE HANDS OF HGDEF AND ETHIOPIAN MERCENARY,
    WE ARE SOLD LIKE ANIMAL BY THE SAVEGE ARAB, OUR COUNTRY IS A NO MAN COUNTRY BUT HGDEF AND HIS PUPPETS. ITS SILLY TO WAIT ETHIOPIAN TO HELP ERITREAN. ETHIOPIANS HAS AGENDA, ETHIOPIAN AGENDA IS TO WEAKEN ERITREANS AND EASLY CAPTURE ERITREAN IN FUTURE. ETHIOPIAS ARE OUR BROTHERS BUT ENEMIES WHO LIKES THE WEAK ERITREA. THEY MIGHT NOT BENEFIT FROM WEAK ERITREA BUT THEY ALWAYS ARE THINKING THAT THEY WANTED TO BE SEEN OVER ERITREAS, SO DO NOT EXPECT ANY CHANGE FROM ETHIPIA. THE ONLY SOLUTION IS FROM OUR OWN MOVEMENT, ITS BETTER TO UNITE AND TAKE REAL ACTION INSIDE ERITREA RATHER THAN WAITING THESE ETHIOPIANS WHO DREAMS A WEAK ERITREA.

  • Kalighe June 15, 2013

    Sister Sara you said it all. We have no interest in siding with either side. We should base our foreign policy on complete neutrality. We cannot go to war in support of anyone. We should care less, whether the Egyptians do not get water or the Ethiopians do not get a lion’s share. It’s the business of both countries to sort it out in a way they see it proper.
    National interests concern only the countries in question. If our Ethiopian brother/sister want some help, we are ready to offer it, in a away that doesn’t make us part of the problem in a dangerous regional conflict. Besides, if the Ethiopians really think we are brothers/sisters, let them reduce the time it’s taking us to solve our internal problems, by demarcating the border. No one in his/her right mind should think, Eritrea can enter into a regional conflict in support of Ethiopia, without facing the risk of being re-occupied by the same neighbor it’s trying to support against a regional power. When a country is isolated, it’s potential/historical enemy, whose only concerns are strategic interests, will seize the opportunity to inflict on it severe damages, which could be hard to reverse in short term.

    • Embasorya The Mighty June 18, 2013

      Kalighe,

      ” Eritrea can enter into a regional conflict in support of Ethiopia, without facing the risk of being re-occupied by the same neighbor it’s trying to support against a regional power. ”

      Have you gone crazy? Do you really think that Woyane would have the capability to occupy Eritrea after facing the combined forces of Egypt,Sudan,Somalia and Eritrea?

  • Kombishtato June 15, 2013

    My friend commented that the only issue these two power hungry dictators can make agreement is on how to supply more Eritrean refugees to the Arab slave market in Egypt and Sudan and then not to fight against each other while sharing the blood profit or loot, as in:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDPoRpqalHI

  • Embasorya The Mighty June 18, 2013

    Don’t exaggirate!

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