President Isaias Afwerki and Egypt President Sisi Met in Cairo

According to the Egiptian news website Ahram Online report, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki on Tuesday at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Cairo, where they discussed enhancing bilateral relations as well as the latest developments in Nile Basin countries and the Horn of Africa.

El-Sisi and Afwerki, who is on a two-day visit to Egypt, also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki in a Cairo meeting in 2016
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki in a Cairo meeting in 2016 (File Photo)

The meeting between the two leaders will be followed by a meeting of delegations from the two countries.

The last meeting between El-Sisi and Afwerki took place in November 2016 in Cairo, where the two leaders agreed to launch a joint committee aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation in all fields, as well as continue technical assistance to Eritrea from the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD).

Tensions Escalating Between Egypt and Sudan

Isaias visit came amid escaleting tension between Sudan and Egypt. Egypt says neighboring Sudan has recalled its ambassador in Cairo for consultations, the latest sign of rapidly deteriorating ties between the onetime allies.

The Foreign Ministry says it learned of Khartoum’s decision through its embassy in the Sudanese capital.

The ministry said Thursday that Egypt is “comprehensively assessing the situation with a view to making the appropriate response.” It did not elaborate.

Egypt maintains that Sudan has taken Ethiopia’s side in Cairo’s dispute with Addis Ababa over a massive dam being built on the Nile River by the Ethiopians.

Egypt says the dam will reduce its vital share of the Nile’s waters.

Pro-government media in Egypt have also decried a recent visit to Sudan by Turkey’s president, who is a harsh critic of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi.

Sources: Washington Post and Ahram Online


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