Eritrea and Egypt to Discuss Creation of Red Sea Command Post – Sources

President Isaias today left for Egypt on a work visit at the invitation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt. (Photo: Archive)

By TesfaNews,

President Isaias Afwerki begins his official visit to Egypt at the invitation of President Abdul Fatah el-Sisi.

On arrival at Cairo International Airport, President Isaias was received by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.

Sherif Ismail, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, speaking to reporters said, President Afwerki is at the start of his official visit to Egypt, which aimed to build on the historical relations between the two countries, to develop bilateral cooperation, and the coordination of efforts and visions on issues of common interest.

In the course of his visit, President Isaias will hold several rounds of talks with the Egyptian leader and other high ranking officials of the country focussing on issues of bilateral relation.

Media reports from Cairo, however, pointed out that the two Presidents are expected to discuss on the creation of some kind of command post on the Red Sea in order to fight terrorism.

As gate keepers of the Red Sea, cooperation between Egypt and Eritrea on security, diplomacy, economic and military is vital for the safety and security of the world’s busiest shipping line – the Red Sea.

Egypt’s Sisi and Eritrea’s Afwerki Agree on Launching Committee to Boost Cooperation

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki in a Cairo meeting (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)

By Ahram Online,

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki stressed on Tuesday the importance of launching a joint committee aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation in all fields between the two countries, a statement by the Egyptian president’s office read.

The two leaders also stressed the importance of enhancing cooperation in different fields, including agriculture and fisheries, as well as continued technical assistance to Eritrea from the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD).

The EAPD, established by El-Sisi in June 2014, aims to support African development by dispatching experts in several fields to African countries.

The Egyptian president praised the ongoing cooperation between the two countries in international forums, stressing on the importance of increasing coordination and discussions on the region’s peace and stability related issues.

Afwerki expressed his appreciation for the leading role that Egypt plays in pushing development plans in Africa.

Egypt received over the past few weeks multiple African leaders who expressed readiness to boost bilateral cooperation.