Date: Saturday, 31 July 2021
On Friday, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok received a verbal message from Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki regarding the developments in Ethiopia.
This came when he was received in his office in the capital, Khartoum, by Yamane Ghebreab, Advisor to the Eritrean President for Political Affairs, and Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh.
A statement issued by the Sudanese Cabinet said, "During the meeting, Hamdok received a verbal message from the Eritrean president, which dealt with the joint bilateral relations between the two countries and the development of the situation in the region, especially with neighboring Ethiopia."
The statement indicated that the message "follows a series of contacts that Hamdok initiated in his capacity as the head of the current session of IGAD (the Intergovernmental Authority on Development) during the last period with a number of OIC heads of state and African leaders on the situation in neighboring Ethiopia."
In his contacts, Hamdok stressed the need to mobilize African support and "find" for the purpose of reaching peaceful and political solutions in Ethiopia, in a way that guarantees the country's unity and is consistent with the desire of the Ethiopian people, with a priority to address urgent humanitarian issues.
Hamdok thanked the Eritrean delegation, stressing the commitment of Sudan and IGAD to make all efforts that lead to regional stability, and in a way that supports the peace agenda in the region.
On June 28, the Ethiopian government announced its acceptance of a unilateral ceasefire in the Tigray region (north), in order to deliver humanitarian aid, after a request from the interim administration in the region.
On November 4, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the implementation of a military operation against the Tigray Liberation Front, after it attacked the northern military base.
The Ethiopian army succeeded in inflicting successive strikes on the Tigray Liberation Front and defeating it in many locations until it reached Maqli, the regional capital on the 28th of the same month, but humanitarian and human rights organizations accuse Addis Ababa of committing human rights violations in the region, which Ethiopia denies.