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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri (L) shaking hands with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki during their talks in Asmara Thursday.

Cairo for closer ties with Asmara

Thu, September 13, 2018 20:52

Staff report:

Asmara, September 13, 2018 – President Isaias Afwerki Thursday received a message from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, confirming the keenness of the Cairo government on promoting a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, who is on an official visit to Asmara, relayed the oral message to President Afwerki during their talks in the Eritrean capital, the official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported Thursday.

The message also expressed Egypt's interest in upgrading co-operation with Eritrea in all fields, MENA added.

During the talks, President Afwerki expressed his country's gratitude to Egypt for having stood by it and for extending assistance. He also paid tribute to Egypt's role at both the African and international levels and expressed appreciation for Egypt's continuing support of Eritrea in a manner that reflected Egypt's historical weight in the African Continent.

Shoukri and Afwerki exchanged views on the situation in Africa, the spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said.

Abu Zeid added that President Afwerki and Minister Shoukri reviewed the progress of efforts to increase joint security activities in the Horn of Africa region and the Red Sea and the key role that Eritrea could play in this regard.

The Shoukri-Afwerki talks also dealt with the latest developments pertaining to South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen; and the continuing negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, he said.

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