The Eritrean government has accused the governments of Sudan and Ethiopia of being involved in carrying out a conspiracy to overthrow President Isaias Afeworki, who has been in power since 1991. It is learned from an official statement released by the Ministry of Information of Asmara, according to the as during his first visit to Sudan, the new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir would have made a pact to support the Eritrean armed rebels.
"Both governments would have agreed to extend support to those that define armed opposition groups in Eritrea, in order to allow them to properly execute their goals," the statement reads. To this end - continues the statement from the Eritrean Ministry of Information - both governments "have agreed to provide these groups with material support within their respective borders and also to guarantee these parties the necessary requirements to improve their movements cross-border between the two countries ".
The accusations of Asmara reopen old tensions and in fact cancel past hypotheses of a possible Sudanese mediation regarding the open issues with Addis Ababa. Ever since the secession from Ethiopia, Eritrea has always accused Addis Ababa of wanting to regain control of parts of its territory. And there were also armed conflicts with episodes that have been repeated over time.