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Leaders of Sana'a Forum for Cooperation express support to Sudan
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Dec 30, 2008 - 10:32:14 PM

Leaders of Sana'a Forum for Cooperation express support to Sudan


Khartoum, Dec. 30 (SUNA) - Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh has proposed the establishment of a Free Trade Zone for the member states of Sana'a Forum for Cooperation to boost trade between them and facilitate transportation of goods to realize commercial and economic integration. The Yemeni President, addressing the opening session of the summit of the forum at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum Tuesday, reaffirmed the necessity for strengthening of spheres of trade exchange and the completion of the structures of the grouping. Saleh has reaffirmed that the membership of the Forum is open to all the states of the Horn of Africa and Southern Red Sea area and all countries that have desire in development, progress, stability and maintaining of peace and security in the region. He indicated that the convening of the summit coincides with important developments that need more coordination top of which the current situation in Gaza. The Yemeni President called on the UN Security Council to halt the Israeli military campaign. Regarding the situation in Somalia, he said it would affect negatively the countries in the region, calling for supporting the setting up of the Somali government institutions. He expressed his country's support to Sudan, denouncing allegations by the ICC Prosecutor against the Sudan. Meanwhile, the session was also addressed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, affirmed that the Forum is open for the membership of all countries in the region. He pointed out that one of the objectives of the forum is the protection of coasts in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea. On the situations in Somalia, he said it still poses a challenge to the region, saying that Ethiopia decided to withdraw its troops from Somalia, but it encourages the Somali people because they are the ones who are capable of realizing peace in their country. Zenawi praised the efforts of Sudan for implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement. The opening session of the summit was also addressed by President of Djibouti Ismail Omer Gaili, who expressed his country's rejection and denunciation to the allegations of the prosecutor of the international criminal court against Sudan. He said that the allegations would undermine all national, regional and international efforts for solving Darfur problem. The President of Djibouti expressed support to the efforts of the Government of National Unity to realize peace in all parts of Sudan, especially Darfur. The Prime Minister of Somalia, Nur Hassan Hussein, on his part, urged the summit of Sana'a Forum for Cooperation to extend logistic support to Somalia to enable it achieve security and stability. BT/BT

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