Eritrea: We are not a party to the Sudanese-Ethiopian tension
Posted by: Semere Asmelash
Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Eritrea says it is not a party to the Sudanese-Ethiopian tension
Khartoum February 24 2021
Abdul Hamid Awad
Eritrea confirmed that it is not a party to the recent border tension between Sudan and Ethiopia , stressing that it calls for a peaceful solution between the two sides in a way that serves peace, stability and security in the region.
This came in a message sent, today, Wednesday, by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, delivered to him by the Eritrean Foreign Minister Othman Saleh and the advisor to the President Yamani Qabrab, who arrived, today, Wednesday, to Khartoum.
According to a statement by the Sudanese Prime Minister's Office, "the Eritrean president emphasized in his message the depth of relations between the two countries and the need to strengthen and develop them, expressing concern about the situation on the Sudanese-Ethiopian borders, while affirming his country's understanding of Sudan's position in its right to extend its sovereignty over its lands."
Afwerki also affirmed in his message, according to the same statement, that "Eritrea is not a party to the border tension, and that his country calls for a peaceful solution between the two sides in a way that serves peace, stability and security in the region."
Since his appointment to his post in 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has succeeded in restoring relations between his country and Eritrea, after a break of more than 18 years. Eritrea played, according to press reports, a role in the war launched by the Ethiopian federal government on the Tigray region months ago.
The crisis between Khartoum and Addis Ababa began last November, in sympathy with the Sudanese army's military operations to liberate the lands of the Fashaqa border area, after more than 25 years of Ethiopian control over it. However, Ethiopia considered these operations an intrusion on its territory, and Sudan's exploitation of the conditions of war waged by the government against the rebels of the northern Tigray region. Addis Ababa also accused a third party, whom it did not name, of being involved in planning, implementation and financing to undermine its eternal relations with Sudan.