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Abiy, Al-Bashir discuss Addis Ababa-Khartoum railway

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir discussed on a deal to build a railway line connecting the two countries on May 3, 2018. On his second foreign visit, Abiy and Al-Bashir discussed a host of issues including economic integration and military cooperation.

Among the major issues raised by the two leaders, the construction of a cross-country railway transportation stretching from Addis Ababa to Khartoum was one.

The Reporter has learnt that even though there was no official signing agreement made between the leaders, the two countries respective bodies are expected to work on it.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after the announcement of a stake in the Port of Djibouti, Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed for Ethiopia to develop and use Port Sudan.

Furthermore, the two countries have entered an agreement to setup joint forces that will protect the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

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The chiefs of staff of both countries, Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi (Lt. Gen.) and Samora Yenus (Gen.), met last week and discussed defense protocol signed between the two countries.

The Ethiopian-Sudanese Joint Military Commission concluded its work in Ethiopian last week.

According to reports, the two sides stressed the need to abide by the results achieved and the readiness for full solidarity in securing the border, the exchange of information and control of rampant groups, combating smuggling, human trafficking, arms trade, drugs and transient crimes.

They agreed to activate forces to maintain security and stability, as well as cooperation in the fields of joint training and exchange of experiences.

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