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Tuesday February 23, 2021

Ethiopia sets a condition for dialogue with Sudan

World – Africa

Dina Mufti, the official spokesman for the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in his weekly press conference: “Our position on the border crisis with Sudan is clear and has not changed, which is the Sudanese army’s return to its positions before the sixth of November 2020 and then sit down to negotiate.”

The Ethiopian official called on Sudan to sit down and negotiate and resolve differences amicably, “stressing that his country does not wish to enter into conflict with Khartoum.

The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman reiterated, “the accusations of a third party invading the conflict,” saying, “They hold to our position regarding the presence of a third party working to move and push the military component in Sudan to enter into disputes with Ethiopia.”

Mufti said, “Sudan’s exploitation of Ethiopia’s preoccupation with the law enforcement process in Tigray and its violation of our borders confirms the standing of a third party pushing the military component in Sudan to enter into conflict with Ethiopia to implement its own agenda.”

Last Friday, Ethiopia had warned Sudan of a “fatal mistake,” calling on it to “abandon escalation and provocation and move towards a peaceful settlement of the border dispute between the two countries,” while the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a strongly worded statement, in response to the Ethiopian statement regarding the conflict over The border between the two countries.

In a statement, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said, “The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a deplorable statement that betrays the history of Ethiopia’s relations with Sudan and degrades its description of Sudan to an unforgivable insult.”

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Last week, Ethiopia announced its readiness to accept mediation from any country to resolve the border crisis with Sudan, if Khartoum fulfills one condition. The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ambassador Dina Mufti, called on the government of Sudan to stop what it called “the looting and displacement of Ethiopian citizens that began on November 6, while the Ethiopian government was busy imposing law and order in the Tigray region.”

In a related context, a member of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan, Lieutenant General Shams al-Din al-Kabbashi, accused Ethiopia of practicing something like Israeli settlement, during its encroachment on Sudanese lands in the Fashaqa area. Al-Kabbashi stressed that the Sudanese forces would not retreat from an inch of the lands they had regained in the Fashaqa area from the Ethiopian side.

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