From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Mar 01 2009 - 07:41:59 EST
Eritrean President, SPLM delegation hold talks on bilateral relations
Sunday 1 March 2009 04:31.
February 28, 2009 (ASMARA) - The Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki today
held talks with the Sudanese foreign minister Deng Alor on the bilateral
relations between the ruling parties in Asmara and Juba.
Alor, who is also a member of the SPLM Political Bureau accompanied by
the deputy secretary general of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement
Yasir Arman delivered a message from Salva Kiir to Afwerki on bilateral
relations between the SPLM and the People's Front for Democracy and
Justice (PFDJ) which is the only legal political party in Eritrea.
The two sides in a meeting held today in Asmara agreed that accords of
joint cooperation between the PFJD and the SPLM didn't make significant
progress and pledged to redouble efforts to develop the historical and
strategic relations between them.
On February 15, 2008, the two parties reached an understanding to
strengthen bilateral and mutual cooperation, in line with the historical
and strategic relations between Eritrea and the South Sudan, at the
government and political levels.
During the past years, Asmara was a close ally to the Sudanese
opposition forces including the SPLM. However the southern Sudan ruling
party developed relations with other regional neighbors, including its
arch-foe Ethiopia, more than with Asmara.
President Afwerki during the meeting urged for a comprehensive approach
to resolve the Sudanese issue stressing that all the Sudanese parties
should avoid targeting temporary interests.
Alor told local reporters upon his arrival to Asmara yesterday that
there exists a good relation between Eritrea and Sudan and lauded the
leading role Eritrea is playing towards resolving the Darfur crisis.
The SPLM delegation also met with representative of Darfur rebel groups
in the Eritrean capital including the Revolutionary United forces Front
and the Sudanese Federal Alliance. The two sides discussed the position
of the rebel movement from the Doha process and the need to have common
grounds between the rebel movements.
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