Recently, the Sudanese Public Diplomacy Delegation comprised of more than 70 members drawn from parliamentarians, academia, women, youth, and artists was honoured with the typical Ethiopian hospitality for a week. During its week-long stay in Ethiopia, the delegation met with high-level government officials, including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives (HPR). The delegation also visited Ethiopia's mega projects, industrial parks and Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit Project, among others.
The visit is is a further milestone in the continuous effort for strengthening the historical relations between the two sisterly countries. Ethiopia and Sudan have a long-standing relations sharing common natural resource, history, culture, language and so on. There is historical relations date back from the time of Axum and Merewe kingdoms. The people to people ties between the two countries go beyond immortal time. However, this relationship has had its own ups and downs. The strained relations between the two countries emanated form lack of cooperation over the use of the Nile waters and the unlawful agreements independently signed between Egypt and Sudan. However, recent developments show Sudan becomes more supportive and reliable partner in Ethiopia's quest to use the Nile waters. Sudanese support for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) could be be best example.