CAIRO: The crisis in Yemen and the Red Sea security were tackled in Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry talks with his Eritrean counterpart Othman Saleh Sabbe in Asmara Thursday, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement.
Shoukry also delivered President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s invitation to Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to attend the African Economic blocs’ Summit, scheduled to be held in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh in June 2015.
The bilateral talks included the joint relations and means to develop fisheries, as Shoukry emphasized that Cairo’s keenness to support its African neighbors in exploiting their potential, especially through health, education, and training cooperation.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa,) the South African Development Community (SADC,) and the East African Community (EAC) will merge into a new 27-nation free trade zone in an agreement to be signed in Cairo in the African Economic blocs’ Summit.
This will facilitate reaching 625 million consumers from South Africa to Egypt the market and creating a free trade union capturing more than 60 percent of the continent’s economic activity, according to Kenyan business newspaper Business Daily Africa.