Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ethiopia-Sudan relations strengthening: Ambassador

Ethio-Sudan relations strengthening: Ambassador
Report by - Wednesday, 09 June 2010:
Addis Ababa, June 9 (WIC) – Ambassador responsible for bilateral and regional relations at the Sudan Embassy in Ethiopia, Mohammed Yousif Hassan, said the socio-economic ties between Sudan and Ethiopia is improving from time to time.

In an exclusive interview he held with WIC, Hassen said in addition to the existing people-to-people ties, the socio-economic relations between the two sisterly countries are improving all the time following the construction of a road that linked them.

He said the two countries are registering impressive achievements in promoting legal trade, transportation and communication links through peaceful means.

A Sudanese cultural troupe recently staged performance in various towns of Ethiopia including Metema, Bahir Dar, Gondar and Addis Ababa traveling in land transport, he indicated.

The cultural shows will play a key role to further strengthen the people-to-people ties between the two countries, he said, adding an Ethiopian cultural troupe will also travel to Khartoum, Sudan soon.

He added the two countries relations in the tourism and investment sectors have shown a remarkable progress owing to the trade fairs and bazaars as well as investment forums held in both countries.

He said the bilateral trade volume between the two countries is also growing. According to him, Sudan supplies oil, gas and various industrial products to Ethiopia, while Ethiopia exports sesame and other oil seeds to Sudan.

He said Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s presence at the swearing-in ceremony of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir indicates the strength of relations between the two nations.

According to Hassen, the peaceful and free elections held with a high turnout in the two countries would contribute a lot for the prevalence of peace and security in the Horn of Africa.
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