Eritrea and neighboring Sudan took their warm and cordial diplomatic relation to an all-time high by entering in to a broader range of cooperation agreements.
In addition to the existing trade, peace and security cooperation agreements, the two countries recently intensified their engagement by strengthening cooperation in natural resources, agriculture and education.
Earlier this year, the two countries signed a new partnership agreement concerning the exchange of experience in higher educations, scholarships and scientific research. The deal will further the cooperation by exploring practical ways of collaboration in other educational related fields.
Following this agreements, Sudan’s Minister of Education, Dr. Suad Abdulrazak, today signed the final cooperation framework document in Asmara. The documents will focus on ways of undertaking various joint scientific research projects, exchanging experience, education system, policy and human resource development.
Sudanese Agriculture and Irrigation Minister, Ismail Al-Muta’afi, also signed a renewable, five-year cooperation agreement with Eritrea encompassing cooperation in the field of agriculture, exchange of expertise in crops and transfer of technologies besides agricultural integration.
During the signing ceremony, Minister Al-Mutaafi stated that there exists a strong eternal bond between the two countries and it is Sudan’s desire to increase and develop its cooperation with sister country Eritrea.
Dr. Arefaine Berhe, his Eritrean counterpart, on his part thanked the visiting Sudanese delegation and expressed his country’s conviction to learn and introduce the Sudanese agricultural experience and expertise in to Eritrea. He also underlines the need to maintain such cooperation for the benefit of the two country’s economy and development.
The former Mineral Minister of Sudan, Mr. Abdelbaji Jalani, during his participation last year on the second regional mining conference in Asmara had pledged that Sudan and Eritrea will enter into a joint research and other mining related projects.
His predecessor, Mr. Kamal Abdul-Lateef, is now in Asmara to participate on the third regional mining conference, the Asmara Geo-Congress 2012, and will be expected to sign a number of framework agreements with Eritrea in relation to mining.
Last month Sudan unveils the biggest gold refinery with a potential of processing up to 328 tonnes of gold in one year. This refinery will help process gold and silver dores from the region’s leading gold producing countries such as Eritrea and Egypt that currently shipped it to Europe and India at a substantial cost.
It is to be recalled that Eritrea and Sudan has agreed to abolish entry visa requirements by opening their common borders for free movement of both nationals. The relationship between Sudan and Eritrea at this time is at its peak. This improved relationship between Sudan and Eritrea is here to stay to the envy of their respected neighbors.
MINISTRY OF MINERALS SIGNS MoU WITH ERITREAN MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINES
The Ministry of Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding with its Eritrean counterpart on the sidelines of the activities of Asmara Third Mining Conference.
The Minister of Minerals Kamal Abdul-Latif signed on behalf of Sudan and the Eritrean Minister of Minerals Ahmed Haj Ali signed for the Eritrean side.
The memorandum stipulates that both parties shall work in the field of planning, implementation of joint strategic projects and technical support for laboratories and research as well as the exchange of experience, experimentation and giving priority to the companies from the two countries in obtaining contracts and concessions.
Abdul-Latif explained, after returning home heading Sudan’s delegation at the conference, that the aim of the conference was to highlight the large mining potentials enjoyed by the states composing the Nubian Arabian Shield.
The minister held talks with his Eritrean counterpart dealt with establishment of projects along the common borders of the two countries, particularly exploration of minerals in the depths of the Red Sea.
The minister extended invitation, on the sidelines of the conference, to the participants in the conference to take part in the thirteenth conference of the Arab Organization for Mining, scheduled to be convened in Khartoum next November.