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Sudan Deploys Troops on Border with Ethiopia

Sudan Deploys Troops on Border with Ethiopia

Wednesday, 11 November, 2020 - 09:30
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses the legislators on the current situation of the country inside the Parliament Buildings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

Sudan has deployed troops on the border with Ethiopia to stop the infiltration of armed elements to its territories.

Member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Mohamed Alfaki Suleiman said on Tuesday that the government has taken all the necessary arrangements to deal with a flow of Ethiopian refugees.

He pointed out that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has visited eastern Sudan, inspected the old refugee camps and prepared for opening new camps if necessary.

This comes in light of the armed conflict in Ethiopia between the Federal government and Tigray region’s forces that resulted in the escape of dozens of Ethiopians across the border to Sudan.

Gedu Andargachew, the Ethiopian National Security Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister, arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday and met with President of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Premier Abdalla Hamdok.

According to the Council’s statement, Burhan stressed the Sudanese government and people’s support for Ethiopia in facing the current crisis.

Hamdok referred to the ongoing contacts with Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed as part of Khartoum’s keenness on the neighboring country’s security and stability.

He received a letter from his Ethiopian counterpart on the latest developments in Tigray region and expressed confidence in Addis Ababa’s ability to overcome the crisis.

Andargachew briefed the Sudanese officials on the developments in Tigray, affirming the Ethiopian government’s ability to address the situation as soon as possible.

Eyewitnesses told Asharq Al-Awsat that hundreds of Ethiopians have fled Tigray to Sudan’s Kassalam and Gedaref bordering states.

Sudan’s Security and Defense Council discussed the developments in Ethiopia on Monday and called on all parties to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Last weekend, the Ethiopian army announced an offensive on the northern region following an attack by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on a federal military base in the area.

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