SHARM-AL-SHEIKH, EGYPT, June 12 – Sudan’s President Marshal Omar Al-Bashir has taken part in a tripartite summit here with Egyptian President Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn, on the sidelines of a gathering by 26 African countries to create a free trade area made up of three sub-regional trading blocs.

The tripartite summit in this Egyptian Red Sea resort on Wednesday reviewed a number of issues of common concern, especially African issues, in light of the upcoming African Union summit set to be held in South Africa from this Sunday, as well as the latest developments of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project and the three countries’ joint co-ordination in the implementation of the project.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri said in a media statement issued after the summit that the leaders of the three countries decided to set up a higher committee for the follow up of the implementation of their joint agreements in the political and economic fields and which would meet during the coming period.

He added that the summit confirmed the continuation of the joint co-operation and co-ordination for the implementation of the programmes and plans agreed by the three countries, noting that the summit tackled the mechanisms for the implementation of joint agreements according to the visions that would reflect the understanding between the three countries and their firm desire to achieve mutual co-operation.

Shukri noted that the summit had stressed on providing support and assistance to any of the three states in support of its policies and plans that aim at the realization of the sustainable development and to achieve the aspirations of its citizens.

He said the summit approved the implementation of the road map for the development of the Renaissance Dam which was signed in Khartoum by the leaders of the three countries to enhance the water security of the three Nile riparian States.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour explained that the tripartite summit had reflected the political will of the leaders of the three countries and their relentless pursuit for achieving the interests and renaissance of their peoples.

He stressed that the convening of the summit confirmed the co-operation of the African countries and he expressed hope for the continuation of the co-operation and consultation so as to serve the common interests of the three countries and their peoples.