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Sudan reopens border with Eritrea – Middle East Monitor

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 01 February 2019

Sudan reopens border with Eritrea

January 31, 2019 at 10:19 am | Published in: AfricaEritreaNewsSudan
Illegal migrants from Eritrea arrive at the al-Laffa border crossing in Sudan's eastern Kassala state on the Eritrea-Sudan border prior to being deported from Sudan back to their homeland on 2 May 2017. [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images]
Illegal migrants from Eritrea arrive at the al-Laffa border crossing in Sudan's eastern Kassala state on the Eritrea-Sudan border prior to being deported from Sudan back to their homeland on 2 May 2017. [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images]
January 31, 2019 at 10:19 am
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir said today that his country was reopening its border with Eritrea, which has been shut for about a year.

Sudan closed the border in early January 2018, after Al-Bashir announced a six-month state of emergency in the regions of Kassala and North Kurdufan to help combat the trafficking of weapons and foodstuffs.

“I announce here, from Kassala, that we are opening the border with Eritrea because they are our brothers and our people. Politics will not divide us,” Al-Bashir said in televised remarks before scores of supporters in the town of Kassala, which is near the border in eastern Sudan.

As Al-Bashir was speaking, the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, a union that has led calls for demonstrations against his rule, called for fresh protests across several Sudanese cities this afternoon.

Sudan has been rocked by near-daily anti-government protests since 19 December, in which rights groups say at least 45 people have been killed. The government puts the death toll at 30.

Al-Bashir struck a defiant tone in Kassala about the protests.

“Changing the government and changing the president will not be through WhatsApp nor Facebook, but will be through the ballot box,” he said. “This is our pledge and commitment before the Sudanese people…The decision is your right, the masses of the Sudanese people.”
















Sudan to reopen Eritrea border after one-year closure

Border was closed in January of last year following state of emergency in Kassala State
31.01.2019
Sudan to reopen Eritrea border after one-year closure
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir

KHARTOUM

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday announced that his country’s eastern border with neighboring Eritrea would reopen after one year of closure, according to Sudanese state television.

“I announce here, from Kassala, that we are opening the border with Eritrea because they are our brothers and our people,” he said.

Al-Bashir made the announcement while addressing supporters in the city of Kassala, regional capital of Sudan’s eastern Kassala State.

The president went on to assert that relations between the two countries were “based on history, geography and blood”.

On Jan. 6 of last year, al-Bashir announced the closure of the country’s eastern border with Eritrea.

The move came shortly after a presidential decree imposing a state of emergency in the border state of Kassala.

This was followed by the deployment of military forces to the border area with the ostensible aim of combating human, drug and weapons trafficking.  

Earlier this month, parliament extended the state of emergency -- which also applies to Sudan’s western North Kordofan State -- by a further six months.



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