A number of agreements have been signed by Kenya and Sudan in the fields of minerals and oil, in the presence of the countries’ two presidents.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta who was in Sudan on a two-day official visit left the country on Sunday evening after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding for bilateral cooperation in the field of mineral resources and another deal for cooperation in the fields of oil and gas.
Bilateral meetings between the two sides began on Saturday evening after the arrival of the Kenyan leader and his delegations, the Sudan Tribune reports.
At the conclusion of the joint talks Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and Sudan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal al-Din Ismail co-signed the final communiqué. Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Ghandour is visiting in China.
President Bashir thanked his Kenyan counterpart for the visit noting that although it was short, it had so many activities.
“We thank Kenya for its efforts during the peace talks (to end war between northern and southern Sudan) in Naivasha that ended a war lasted for twenty years,” Bashir stressed in remarks he delivered after the signing of the agreements:
“President Kenyatta promised us a longer visit (next time) and expressed his desire to visit the Meroe pyramids, Kenana sugar factory, the Gezira Scheme, and the complexes of military industry,” he added.
Kenyatta praised the progress Sudan achieved in the oil industry and the expansion of its infrastructure stressing his desire to transfer Sudan’s experience in the oil industry to his country.
The two leaders didn’t comment on the decisions of three African countries to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) which issued two arrest warrants against al-Bashir and indicted Kenyatta before to withdraw charges later.