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President Isaias holds talks with South Sudan government delegation

President Isaias Afwerki today received and held talks with a South Sudan government delegation headed by the Minister of International Cooperation, Mr.  Deng Alor.

Asmara, 16 March 2011 – President Isaias Afwerki today received and held talks with a South Sudan government delegation headed by the Minister of International Cooperation, Mr.  Deng Alor.

In the meeting, the delegation delivered a message to President Isaias from General Salva Kiir Miyardet, President of South Sudan Government. The two sides conducted extensive discussion on relations of cooperation between Eritrea and South Sudan following the official declaration of an independent South Sudan due to take place on July 7, as well as the fostering of close relations between north and south Sudan.

President Isaias also briefed the delegation on Eritrea’s experience during the transition period.

Mr. Deng Alor told ERINA following the meeting that the message from General Salva Kiir Miyardet concerns an invitation for Eritrea to attend the official celebrations on 7 July 2011 marking the declaration of an independent State of South Sudan.

He further pointed out that understanding has been reached to further strengthen the existing relations between the Government of Eritrea and that of South Sudan for the mutual benefit of both peoples on the one hand, and between the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) on the other.

Moreover, Mr. Deng Alor said that the extensive briefings which President Isaias gave regarding Eritrea’s experience in the course of the transition period after independence is of vital significance.

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