Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to jointly build a railway linking the two countries, according to Ethiopian Transport and Communications Minister Mohammed Dirir. A technical committee has already been set up to work out the route of the link, the minister told the governmental weekly newspaper Efoyta.
The committees' findings, which will include cost analyses, will be presented at the next meeting of an Ethio-Sudanese commission, according to the minister. Earlier this month, Sudanese President Omar el-Beshir noted that his country and Ethiopia were working towards strengthening their relations.
Khartoum and Addis Ababa plan to cancel visa requirements for each other's nationals and to lift duties on traded merchandise, Sudan's ambassador here, Osmane al-Sayed, announced in early December.
In late April, the two countries agreed to cooperate in the sectors of security, trade, agriculture and health in border areas. Relations were normalized nine months ago after five years of animosity which followed the 1995 attempt to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa, in which Sudan was accused of involvement. — (AFP, Addis Ababa)
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