Eritrea President Afwerki intensifies his diplomatic outreach with a 3-day visit to Egypt

Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Al-Itahaidia Palace on July 6, 2020/ COURTESY

Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki on Monday, July 6, upped his diplomatic outreach when he met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Al-Itahaidia Palace.

Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel said the two leaders “held frank and extensive discussions on bilateral relations and regional developments”.

“Regionally, the two leaders recogniSed that challenges and tensions are casting their shadow over vast opportunities which remain untapped, despite their undisputed benefits for all countries,” Meskel said after the meeting.

He added that the two leaders agreed to work together to foster “mutual understanding and concrete actions to protect the interests of all parties and advance common interests”.

President Afwerki arrived in Egypt on Sunday for a three-day working visit accompanied by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and presidential adviser Yemane Gebreab.

The meeting is a follow up to the meeting the two leaders had on June 8, 2019. They discussed further bilateral cooperation and coordination on regional and African issues.

The Cairo visit comes closely in the heels of similar visits to Ethiopia and Sudan in recent weeks

During his three-day visit to Sudan on June 27, Afwerki met with PM Abdullah Hamdock and discussed bilateral and regional issues.

“The two sides underlined that Horn of Africa cooperation was not an option but a necessity,’ a statement after the meeting noted.

“They further stressed that Horn of Africa cooperation would provide framework for resolution of all disputes and differences between the countries of the region,” Meskel said.

During a meeting with President Abdel Fatah al Burhan, the two leaders reviewed progress in bilateral relations & regional cooperation since the changes in Sudan and the region.

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