Fourth Summit of Sana’a Forum for Cooperation Concludes, Adopts Communiqué


KHARTOUM (Dec.30)-The Fourth Summit of Sanaa Forum for Cooperation (SFC) concluded on last Thursday by signing cooperation agreements and adopting a communiqué in Aden, Yemen.

Members Countries of the Forum, Ethiopia, Yemen, the Sudan and Somalia Transitional Government of Somalia signed various cooperation agreements.

The agreements were signed by Trade and Industry Ministers of the member countries.

According to the concluding statement, the execution of export products promotion was one of the agreements signed by the Member Countries.

The agreement provides for the promotion of export commodities in each others Countries, the concluding statement said.

An agreement providing for the prevention of animal and crop diseases jointly with the aim of increasing productivity was the other accord signed by Member Countries.

The Member Countries had also signed an agreement providing for enhancing cultural ties among them.

In a 17-point communiqué the four countries issued, their leaders commended the existing cooperation amongst businessmen from member states, and stressed the importance of formalizing the cooperation between businessmen in members states through the establishment of a joint Businessmen Council.

The communiqué said the leaders reviewed national, regional and international issues and their impact on the SFC countries in the region.

They also reaffirmed that Member Countries must prepare agreements and programs to promote the SFC trade exchanges, removing any barrier towards establishing a common trade market, expanding social and scientific cooperation, and encouraging cooperation of businessmen and people to people interaction.

The leaders praised the successful, democratic and transparent national elections that took place in May 2005 in Ethiopia.

They also expressed their support for the security and stability of Ethiopia and repudiated any act undermining constitutional order of the country.

They further expressed that peaceful political participation and loyalty to the rule of law is the only means to promote democracy and good governance.

The leaders expressed their desire that peaceful and lasting solution to border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea can only be achieved through dialogue and diplomatic means.

They also commended the government of Ethiopia for its decision to re-redeploy its forces in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 1640/2005.

The leaders expressed their satisfaction at the level of security cooperation among SFC countries, the level of coordination and information exchange.

They also emphasized the need to enhance security techniques and logistics amongst SFC countries, as well as training and exchange of expertise among security personnel.

The leaders reinforced their commitment to protect their boundaries, coast lines and territorial waters against infiltration of all forms of illegal trafficking and piracy while instructing that legal framework be prepared for this cooperation with countries in the region.

They also expressed their commitment to the recommendation adopted last April in Sana’a by the regional workshop on combating piracy and armed robbery.

The leaders praised the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in the Sudan, and wisdom of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir who led the process to its successful conclusion, safeguarding the peace and security of the Sudan and inducing prosperity for its people.

They also expressed their satisfaction with the result of the Reconciliation Accord and the return of the Transitional Federal Government to Somalia and re-affirmed their commitment to support its aim to build institutions and establish full control over its territories in a united Somalia that contributes together with its neighbors top the realization of security and stability in the region.

The leaders agreed to hold the Fifth Summit of SFC in Addis Ababa in December 2006.

Meanwhile, the leaders visited on Thursday the Port of Aden and historical Aden Dam, among others.  


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