NAIROBI (KHARTOUM) – Sudan on Sunday called its ambassador to Ethiopia back to Khartoum for consultations on the future of Sudan-Ethiopia relations after Addis Ababa accused Khartoum of meddling in the conflict in the war-hit northern region of Tigray.
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Sudan denies Ethiopia’s accusations, saying that it has suffered under the burden of tens of thousands of Ethiopian refugees it hosts amid fear that the exodus may swell as the international community raises alarm at the widening of the conflict in Tigray to other parts of the strife-torn nation.
In a statement, Sudanese foreign ministry said the prime minister Abdalla Hamdok’s initiative to mediate a ceasefire between the Ethiopian federal government and Tigray rebels aims to prevent further bloodshed and spillover of the war into countries in the Horn of Africa nation.
Ethiopia rebuffed Sudan’s proposal to broker talks between the government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
US top diplomat, Sudan’s PM discuss Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Sudanese prime minister Abdalla Hamdok on Wednesday to discuss shared concerns over the expansion of conflict in Ethiopia’s Amhara and Afar regions, and a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the northern region of Tigray, the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.
Blinken and Hamdok also discussed reports of “Eritrean troops re-entering Ethiopia” after Tigray forces claimed to have advanced into Amhara region where regional forces mobilized for war with the Ethiopian federal troops.
“Secretary Blinken and PM Hamdok agreed to encourage all parties to enter negotiations toward a ceasefire, to engage in an inclusive political dialogue to preserve the unity and integrity of the Ethiopian state, and to allow full humanitarian access to those in need,” US State Department said in a statement.
“The Secretary and the Prime Minister also discussed progress in Sudan’s democratic transition and ways to expand U.S.-Sudanese relations.”
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