The Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Qamar al-Din, said that the Sudanese armed forces are now controlling all the country’s territory, with border tensions continuing with neighboring Ethiopia.
In the past few days, clashes took place on agricultural land in Al Fashaqa, which is located within the international borders of Sudan, but which has been settled by Ethiopian farmers for a long time.
Kamaruddin confirmed in a press conference today, Thursday, that “the borders between the two countries are already drawn in advance and what remains in the talks … is an increase in the demarcation marks on the borders.”
The region, which has been witnessing clashes for years, challenges the Tigray and Amhara regions of the Ethiopians.
On November 4, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military operation against the “Tigray People’s Liberation Front”, the ruling party in northern Ethiopia, after months of tension. On the 28th of the same month, he announced control of Mekele, the regional capital, and the end of the fighting.
Since then, about 50,000 refugees have poured into Sudan, and they are currently living in separate camps along the Sudanese border with Tigray.
Ignite the fire
Earlier this month, the Sudanese Armed Forces announced that their force had been ambushed inside Sudanese territory in the Abu Tuwair area, east of Gedaref State, accusing “Ethiopian forces and militias” of carrying it out.
Since then, Sudan deployed forces in the border region and began talks on this issue.
But Addis Baba played down the importance of the ambush that the Sudanese soldiers were exposed to, and its prime minister emphasized the strength of the “historical” relations between the two countries.
On Wednesday, Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti accused “external forces” of stirring up tension between his country and Sudan.
“These forces are not concerned with the Ethiopian and Sudanese people,” Mufti told reporters.