Yemen-Sudan, Politics, 12/30/2005
Works of the 4th session of the Sanaa summit on cooperation started in Aden city gathering Yemen, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
The summit which was established in 2002 was attended by the Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the Somali President Abdullah Youssef Ahmad, Ethiopia prime minister Melis Zenawi, and the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Saleh said in the inauguration of the summit on Wednesday morning that it will discuss during its two-day meeting several issues pertinent to the expansion of common trade and economic cooperation and fighting terrorism.
He added that the summit will also discuss accelerating the establishment process of the free trade agreement between the countries of the gathering. Saleh called on Eritrea and Ethiopia to embark on the policy of dialogue in order to settle bilateral differences so as to avert the two countries to resort to power for settling their differences.
A Yemeni official said that the four leaders held a close door session to be acquainted with the results of work of the security, political and economic committees. These include the establishment of several companies in economic, trade, industrial, investment and agricultural field, food security and the establishment of a free trade organization.
He also indicated that the presidents will also discuss steps to be taken in order to expand the membership of the coalition in its being an open regional coalition in the service of its founding objective to enhancing trade, economic and security cooperation and in fighting terrorism among the countries of the African horn region and the south of the Red Sea. The foreign ministers of the countries of the Sanaa coalition held a meeting in Aden on Wednesday in which they agreed on an expected draft agreement to be signed today.