The meetings of the high-level committee on border issues with Ethiopia, which lasted for two days, were concluded in the Sudanese capital Khartoum today, Wednesday. The two sides issued a short joint statement in which they agreed to submit their reports to the leadership of the two countries, and to set a meeting in Addis Ababa to be determined later.
A statement from the Sudanese Council of Ministers stated that the meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere and chaired by the Minister of Council Affairs, Omar Manis, and on the Ethiopian side, Vice President Demiki Mekonnen.
An Ethiopian delegation, led by Mekonnen, arrived yesterday to discuss border issues between the two countries, while Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok discussed, on Sunday, with his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed, the border issues between the two countries during their participation in the IGAD summit in Djibouti.
Earlier, Sudan announced on Saturday that it would send large military reinforcements to the border with Ethiopia to “regain its usurped lands (from an Ethiopian militia) in the Fashaqa area, in the state of Gedaref,” in the east of the country, according to the official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA).
It is noteworthy that the border demarcation agreement between the two countries dates back to May 1902, but there are still gaps in some points, causing accidents with Ethiopian farmers who come to work in lands that Sudan asserts that they fall within its borders.
Sudan, especially the state of Gedaref bordering Ethiopia, is witnessing a major humanitarian crisis after the arrival of 50 thousand refugees fleeing the war in the Tigray region, according to the United Nations.