Egynews.net /Cairo's Afwerki visit highlights historic relations between Egypt and Eritrea
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Date: Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Cairo's Afwerki visit highlights historic relations between Egypt and Eritrea
2018/01/09 - 17:22
Afewerki's visit to Cairo highlights historic relations between Egypt and Eritrea 01018-01-09 T17: 22: 06 + 00: 00 Egyptian Reports
Cairo - The visit of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to Cairo is a new link in the process of distinguished relations between Egypt and Eritrea, in light of the historical ties between the two countries.
The visit, which comes at a time of strong Egyptian return to the African arena, highlights the history of relations between the two countries dating back to the 1950s. Egypt has played a major role in supporting and supporting the Eritrean revolution since its inception until the completion of the Eritrean national independence project. Egypt has been a haven for refugees from
Eritrean national leaders, and a kiss for Eritrean students, where Cairo witnessed the establishment of the first Eritrean student union in 1952. Cairo was also the headquarters of the Eritrean Liberation Front in July 1960.
After the revolution, Egypt was one of the first countries to support and provide various political, material and educational support to the Eritrean people until independence in 1991.
In addition, the two countries have strong relations through some of the mechanisms they include and other countries, such as the African Union, the COMESA and the Nile Basin countries, as well as the Arab League mechanisms in which Eritrea participates as an observer.
Egyptian diplomacy has played a prominent role in containing the repercussions of the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia in 1998-2000. Egypt, then head of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), sought to settle the conflict and support peace efforts between the two countries.
This is President Afewerki's third visit to Cairo since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took power. It is also the 23rd time that the Eritrean president has visited Egypt since taking office in 1993, his last visit in November 2016.
Afwerki was also the first African president to visit Cairo after the inauguration of the Sisi president in June 2014, a ceremony in which Afeworki also took part, a sign of the strength of relations between the two countries.
The talks between Sisi and Afwerki focused on means of developing bilateral relations between the two countries and activating joint cooperation in various fields, including agriculture, exploitation of livestock, fisheries, infrastructure, trade, culture, education and health, and stressing the continuation of the technical support programs provided to Eritrea through the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development 2014.
It is also expected to address developments in the African arena and in the Horn of Africa and discuss the challenges facing the region and the African continent as part of efforts to achieve peace and stability and the principle of non-interference in the affairs of other countries.
The talks touched on ways to strengthen the Egyptian-Eritrean relations in various fields of development and security. It was agreed to exchange delegations' visits with a view to activating existing cooperation frameworks and implementing joint projects.
The two sides also agreed to continue the intensive coordination between them on all issues related to the current regional situation in order to strengthen security and stability in the region, especially in view of the importance of the Horn of Africa and its role in Eritrea.