Sudan Commemorates First Anniversary of Death of Meles Zenawi
Khartoum – It is our duty in Sudan and Africa to shoulder the responsibility and follow the path set by late Meles Zenawi in terms of governance and administration, said Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, representative of the President of the Republic at a ceremony held yesterday in Khartoum to commemorate the first anniversary of the late Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi.
The people of the two countries are committed to pick up from where the late Zenawi stopped to further promote relations between the two countries, the Representative of the President said.
He highlighted the President's decision to contribute towards Zenawi institution to enable it to shoulder its role to realize Zenawi's aspirations for Africa. The late Zenawi pursued a wise policy in Africa which should be maintained and documented to serve as model for future generations in Africa and the world, he said.
Umm Party leader Mr. Sadiq Al-Mahdi said the late Zenawi did his best to avert any cold war over the Nile basin. Zenawi was criticized because of the democratic practice but he allowed a considerable degree of participation and seized the opportunity of the stability to achieve development, he said.
Ethiopian ambassador to Sudan, Abadi Zemo has praised the efforts exerted by the Sudanese government and the committee that organized the ceremony for the late Zenawi. He highlighted the strong relationship between Zenawi and President Al Bashir expressing commitment to follow up on the implementation of the decisions taken by the late Prime Minister. He said Zenawi laid strong foundation for development and prosperity of Ethiopia including poverty reduction. He was in quest for solutions for Africa and the entire world, the ambassador said.
The late Zenawi fought for Africa at international and regional forums by raising African issues and amplifying the voice of the continent, said Mesfin Azeb, the widow of the late Prime Minister.
He loved Africa and his country, he was good-natured and compassionate, she said. He left indelible impression in his pursuit to achieve the cherished change in Ethiopia and was always pushing Africans towards real partnership between them and the west, she added.
The ceremony was attended by ambassadors, leaders of political parties in Sudan and the Ethiopian community in Khartoum. The ceremony was sponsored by the Sudanese Mobile Telephone Company (Zain).