Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Ethiopian Chargé D’affaires after condemning cross-border incursions by Ethiopian militias backed by the Ethiopian military.
The Sudanese Army announced on Friday that Khartoum is engaged in continuous diplomatic talks with Ethiopia to limit the tensions on the border, warning of the “outbreak of all-out war” between the two countries.
Commenting on the clashes between the two parties yesterday evening, Sudanese army spokesman, Brigadier Amer Muhammad Al-Hassan, said, “the contacts between Sudan and Ethiopia to calm the situation on the border strip have not stopped.”
Al-Hassan said: “We wanted to give diplomacy a chance in Khartoum and Addis Ababa, before the outbreak of the all-out war between the two countries.”
He explained that “the recent attacks on Sudanese lands by the Ethiopian army and militias are a violation of previous agreements between the two countries.”
Al-Hassan called on the Ethiopian side to implement what was previously agreed on the demarcation of the borders between the two countries, and the deployment of forces from both sides of the border, and pointed out that the conditions on the borders are now “cautiously calm.”
The army spokesman indicated that Sudanese military reinforcements on the eastern border are not far from the site of the events.
On Thursday evening, the Sudanese army announced the death of an officer, the injury of 7 soldiers, and another loss, in addition to the killing of a child and the injury of 3 civilians, as a result of attacks by an Ethiopian militia supported by the country’s army during the past two days on border areas between the two sides.
There was no immediate comment from the Ethiopian side about the Sudanese army’s accusations.
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Sudan Summons Ethiopia Envoy Over Deadly Cross-border Attack
Ethiopia’s chargé d’affaires summoned following an attack that left one Sudanese officer killed and seven others wounded.
Sudan has summoned the Ethiopian embassy’s chargé d’affaires over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian rebel fighters that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians, Khartoum said in a statement on Saturday.
Thursday’s attack targeted a camp in the eastern city of al-Qadarif, the official SUNA news agency said.
A Sudanese military spokesman blamed fighters “supported by Ethiopia” for the attack, according to SUNA.
There was no immediate comment from Addis Adaba.
Some Ethiopian groups have used farmland in the Sudanese al-Fashqa border region for decades. The former Sudanese government of deposed veteran leader Omar al-Bashir turned a blind eye, but the current transitional authorities in Khartoum are trying to expel the groups.
On Friday, Sudan’s army spokesman, General Amer Mohamed al-Hassan, said in a statement that one Sudanese officer had been killed and seven other soldiers injured in the attack.
“We decided to give chance for diplomacy in Khartoum and Addis Abbas to calm the situation on the border strip before it turns into an all-out war between the two countries,” said al-Hassan.
He added that the recent attacks on Sudanese territory by the Ethiopian army and armed groups violated previous agreements between the two countries.
Al-Hassan called on Ethiopia to abide by its agreements with Sudan on their mutual boundaries, along with deployments of official forces on either side of the border.
Sudan and Ethiopia have been engaged in continuous talks over the demarcation of the borders between the two countries.
According to Sudan’s foreign ministry, the attack happened while Khartoum was preparing for a meeting of a high-level joint committee on border issues.