Ethiopia and Sudan commit to boost relations in 2019

Kwao Saa

Ethiopian and Sudan have reiterated their commitment to working together in 2019. High-ranking officials from both countries met this week to discuss important issues.

Workneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, visited Khartoum, Sudan capital on Monday where he met with the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and delivered a message on behalf of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Workneh told the press that Ethiopia’s most reliable ally is Sudan. He added that both countries share common interests and have similar positions on the many regional issues.

The Minister said he discussed bilateral issues with President al-Bashir after delivering the PM’s message. According to Workneh, the relationship between Ethiopia and Sudan is based on trust and understanding.

Sudan’s Foreign Minister, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, welcomed his Ethiopian counterpart. He said Khartoum is willing to strengthen the relationship with Addis Ababa, adding that the country is pleased with the reforms in Ethiopia’s political and economic spheres.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy, who took the reigns of government in April last year, made sweeping reforms that have put the East African country on global headlines.

Abiy, 42, is the first Oromo leader of Ethiopia. Abiy took over from Hailemariam Desalegn after his unexpected resignation. Since taking office, Abiy has led Ethiopia to make peace with Eritrea. Both countries had a military stand-off that lasted for over a decade.