Asmara, 5 March 2010

President Omar Hassen Al-Beshir of Sudan, who conducted a one-day working visit to Eritrea today, said that the people and Government of Sudan reject the  unjust sanctions Resolution 1907 against Eritrea.

The Sudanese leader made the statement in a meeting with President Isaias Afwerki at the State Palace here in Asmara. President Omar Hassen Al-Beshir also briefed President Isaias on political developments in Sudan.

Moreover, the two leaders conducted discussion on regional and international issues of mutual concern to both countries, during which they took note that the two countries share similar stance and views on a number of issues.

In a press conference they gave following the meeting, Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs at the PFDJ, and Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Sudanese Presidential Advisor, respectively stated that the visit of President Omar Al-Beshir to Eritrea attests to the existing solid relations between the peoples and governments of the two countries.

Stating that Eritrean-Sudanese ties is historic and rests on solid ground, Dr. Mustafa underlined that President Isaias Afwerki’s participation at the signing of the First Framework Agreement in Doha, Qatar, between the Sudanese government and the Darfuri Justice and Equality Movement amply demonstrates the role of Eritrea and President Isaias in promoting peace in the Sudan.

Mr.  Yemane Gebreab on his part commended the stance of the people and Government of Sudan against Resolution 1907.  He further pointed out that such an expected logical stance would further enhance Eritrean-Sudanese ties, and that Eritrea would as ever stand alongside the Sudanese people. In this connection, Mr. Yemane explained that there are plans on the part of the two sides to reinforce the relations through concrete action.

Reports indicated that the Sudanese leader attended the Selat A’Jum’a prayer service at the Omar Bin Abdel-Aziz Mosque here in the capital.

On arrival at Asmara International Airport at mid-day today, President Omar Hassen Al-Beshir was accorded warm welcome by President Isaias Afwerki. The welcoming ceremony also featured the national anthems of both countries and military parade.

Likewise, President Isaias gave warm sendoff to the Sudanese leader on departure for home later in the day.