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Afwerki in Khartoum for GERD mediation

KHARTOUM (SD) – Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has today arrived in Sudan for a new mediation effort regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Information Minister Yemane Meskel said in a tweet the Red Sea nation president was received by ‘the President of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Gen. Abdel Fatah al Burhan, Foreign Minister al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, & other senior Sudanese officials and dignitaries.’

In a statement, Sudan foreign ministry said Afwerki will discuss with the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, ways to support and enhance bilateral cooperation and develop relations between the two countries, in addition to issues of common interest.

The statement did not disclose further details regarding the visit, but the Sudanese newspaper Alrakoba said Afwerki would discuss with senior Sudanese officials a new “mediation” on the GERD.

The visit by Afwerki to Sudan coincided with the planned visit of Feltman to the Horn of Africa region. State Department announced Monday Feltman would be visiting Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan.

The State Department says the visit will run from May 4 to 13th of this month, noting the envoy will meet key leaders in the region.

The department did not, however, indicate which country the envoy would land first.

“Special Envoy Feltman will hold meetings with officials from the respective governments as well as the United Nations and the African Union. He will also meet with a range of political stakeholders and humanitarian organizations.”

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