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Sudan: “Eltaishi” on an African tour focusing on border tension with Ethiopia

“Eltaishi” begins a tour of several African countries, to explain his country’s position on the situation on the Ethiopian border. Apparently hoping that the two countries spare the option of war.

Khartoum, Al Taghyeer

Today, Tuesday, TSC member Mohammed Hassan Eltaishi, begins an African tour including SA and Kenya. During this tour, he will provide explanations of Sudan’s position on what is happening on the border with Ethiopia.

The Sudanese-Ethiopian borders are under stress and military build-up, amid fears of descending into war that threatens peace in the region.

Eltaishi carries a written message to the President of SA, the current Chairperson of the African Union, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa.

South Africa is leading mediation between Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt, to bridge the divergent views.

Sudan demands a binding agreement to be drawn up for Ethiopia, which precedes operation of the dam located near its eastern borders.

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Gamar Aldeen, is scheduled to join Eltaishi in South Africa.

Government officials in Sudan initiated tours to countries in the region to clarify Sudan’s position regarding the conflict with Ethiopia.

In statements to Sudan News Agency (SUNA), Eltaishi stressed on upholding the peaceful option to resolve the existing problem with Ethiopia.

Sudan stated last week that Ethiopia would not be allowed to threaten the lives of more than 20 million citizens with non-consensual dam filling.

Also reiterated that what happening on the borders is a redeployment of the Sudanese army, inside its borders.

Two days ago, the Sudanese army repelled an Ethiopian artillery shelling in Jabal Abutiour area.

The army declared that there were no losses in its forces as a result of the attack, which involved mortars.

Sudan complains of what he calls the Ethiopian Procrastination in the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam and border demarcation.

The Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin, said that the Ethiopian stalling is a common factor in the Renaissance Dam negotiations and Al Fashqa dispute.

Sudan adheres to The 1902 Anglo-Ethiopian Treaty to determine the frontier between the two countries. According to this treaty, Benishangul region is annexed to Ethiopia, in exchange for a condition that Ethiopia is not allowed to construct any work across the Blue Nile except in agreement with the Government of Sudan.

On the other hand, Ethiopia insists on the 1972 Addis Ababa Agreement, deposited with the United Nations regarding border review.

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