Eritrea Hopeful that the Regime Change will Strengthen Bilateral Relations with Sudan
The Eritrean Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh and the presidential advisor Yemane Ghebreab held a “fruitful” meeting with the head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al- Burhan and expressed hopes that political change in Sudan would positively impact relations between the two neighbouring countries.
The Eritrean delegates, who are currently on a two day visit to Khartoum after the down fall of Bashir’s regime, delivered a message from President Isaias Afwerki who expressed his countries solidarity and confidence in the Sudanese people to be able to find a solution of their own challenges.
Asmara accused the regime of deposed President Omer al-Bashir of supporting Eritrean Islamist movements and working to destabilize the country in cooperation with Qatar and Turkey thus turning their relations frosty.
Khartoum, for its part, declared a state of emergency in Kassala state and closed the border for more than a year after accusing Eritrea of supporting armed opposition groups. However, the two African countries reaffirmed their readiness to restore relations and get their nations back on track.
In a press statement issued by the TMC media after the meeting, Osman said that the visit comes within the framework of his country’s desire to know about the developments in Sudan after the overthrow of al-Bashir’s regime and the ongoing negotiations between the military council and the Forces for Freedom and Change.
He expressed hope that “the process of change in Sudan will lead to the consolidation of relations between the two countries and achieve the interests of the two peoples.”
The minister also said that the meeting dealt with the peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia and the cooperation agreement between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia in the economic and social fields.