Ethiopian PM calls for peaceful resolution of Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called for peaceful resolution of differences between Ethiopia and Sudan amid border dispute.

“For us, our choice is peace between our two peoples, and our two brotherly countries. Our choice is for mutual trust to prevail between us,” state run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) quoted Ahmed as saying in his Arabic statement issued Wednesday evening.

Despite problems, the two countries must intensify cooperation in solving challenges, Ahmed said.

The Ethiopian PM further emphasized that there should not be confrontations between the two neighboring countries because of external pressures.

“We have to control ourselves and to be restrained for the sake of our common interests and the principles of good neighborliness,” ENA quoted Ahmed as saying.

He further emphasized the need to avoid enmities between Sudanese and Ethiopians, be partners in development, and rise together.

“We believe that Sudan and Ethiopia are capable of solving all problems and difficulties they face in the spirit of lasting brotherhood and good neighborliness,” Ahmed affirmed.

On Wednesday, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat called on the two countries to exercise restraint and initiate a dialogue regarding their border dispute.

“The AU Commission chairperson appeals for complete refrain from any military action whatever its origin and calls for dialogue between the two brotherly countries to solve any dispute,” an AU statement read.

Mahamat said the recent border skirmishes should not scuttle the diplomatic solutions being sought to resolve ongoing internal challenges in the two AU member states.

Sudan on Monday decided to file a formal complaint to the United Nations Security Council against Ethiopia, while the Sudanese foreign ministry decided to immediately recall its ambassador to Ethiopia for consultations and to summon the Ethiopian ambassador in Khartoum to inform him of Sudan’s condemnation.

On Tuesday, the Ethiopian army rejected allegations that it executed seven captive Sudanese soldiers and instead accused Sudan of engaging in military provocations against Ethiopia.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Sudan and Ethiopia to take concrete steps to defuse tensions and peacefully resolve their differences over the Al-Fashaqa border area, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

Ethiopia and Sudan have longstanding competing claims over the Al-Fashaqa border region, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers that Sudan claims is within its boundary. Enditem

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