Khartoum – President Omar Al Bashir announced the end of border tension between Sudan and Eritrea forever, adding that borders from now on will be exploited to exchange interests and to boost development in the two countries. “The biggest free zone in Sudan will be established on our borders with Eritrea soon”, announced Al Bashir, confirming Sudan tendency to remove borders with neighboring Eritrea so as to facilitate movement of people and goods between the two countries.
Addressing a rally in Kassala Stadium Wednesday in presence of Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Emir of Qatar Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Al Bashir stated that the continental highway between Sudan and Eritrea inaugurated yesterday will be the first step towards establishment of series of roads linking different parts of Kassala.
Commenting on superiority of relation between Sudan and Eritrea, Al Bashir said that Eritrea was the first country to challenge Ocampo’s International Criminal Court (ICC), through inviting and receiving Al Bashir following the issuance of the so-called ICC arrest warrant immediately.  He also lauded invitation of His Majesty Emir of Qatar Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani to him to attend Doha Conference simultaneously with the issuance of the warrant, expressing earnest appreciation to positive role played by Qatar in hosting and supporting peace negotiations on Darfur crowned by signing of Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD). “Thanks to Qatar for shouldering our troubles till embarking on comprehensive document guaranteeing sustainable peace,” said President Al Bashir.
For his side, Emir of Qatar Hamad Bin Khalifa said that goodwill has played the main role in repairing Sudan-Eritrea relations despite past tensions. He added that the continental highway will contribute to sustainability of superior relations between the two neighboring countries, affirming Qatar’s readiness to boost cooperation between Sudan and Eritrea. He further explained that the role played by his country in building the continental highway in addition to de-mining is a complementary role to true will of the two countries to sustain good relations.
Addressing the rally, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki said that Sudan and Eritrea will cooperate to preserve superior relations, lauding efforts carried out by Emir of Qatar to guarantee security and stability in the region, marking projects inaugurated in Kassala as the first step towards comprehensive development expected to persist allover the region.