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Ethiopia Calls for Joint Investigations, Diplomatic Talks with Sudan as Tensions Between the Two Escalate

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has expressed concern and called for joint investigations and diplomatic discussions with Sudan over the incident that occurred on Thursday, May 28, 2020, along the border between the two countries.

On Thursday evening, the Sudanese Army announced the death of its officer, injury of 7 soldiers and another loss in addition to the killing of a child and the injury of 3 civilians as a result of the attacks by Ethiopian militia supported the Ethiopian Army during the past two days on the border areas between the two sides.

The following day on Friday, Sudanese Army announced that Khartoum is engaged in continuous diplomatic talks with Ethiopia to limit the tensions at the border but warned of the “outbreak of all-out war” between two countries.

Making a comment on the clashes between two parties on Friday, the Sudanese Army spokesperson Brig Amer Muhammad Al – Hassan said contacts between Sudan and Ethiopia to calm the situation at the border strip have not stopped.

Today Sunday, May 31, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement urging that the two countries should work through existing military mechanisms and diplomatic discussions to address and jointly investigate circumstances surrounding the incident in an effort to contain further tensions.

“The Ministry strongly believes that there is no honorable reason for two countries to descend into hostility and calls for the need to continue the close collaboration between neighboring local and regional administrators to ensure peace and security in the border area.

We are of the view that such incidents are best addressed through diplomatic discussions based on the cordial and friendly relation and peaceful coexistence between the two countries,” read the statement in part.

It added, “we believe that the incident does not represent the strong ties between the peoples of two countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia wishes to underscore the importance of further strengthening the cordial and friendly atmosphere that reflects the longstanding fraternal relations between the two countries based on good neighborliness and mutual understanding.”

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