The government in Sudan has responded to an offer laid out by the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, regarding mediation between both Sudan and Ethiopia over their border issue.
According to Turkish news portal Hurriyet Daily New, Sudan has accepted a mediation offer from the government in Turkey to help in solving the border dispute with neighboring Ethiopia.
Hurriyet mentioned that Sudan had accepted Turkey’s offer during a visit Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the sovereignty council in Sudan, made to Turkey last month.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, announced last month that the al-Fashaga border dispute had been on his agenda during his conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Sudan and Ethiopia have been involved in a border dispute over the al-Fashaga land located Gedaref state, east of Sudan.
A Crisis Group reporting had noted that the United Arab Emirates was the most probable candidate to facilitate the mediation process between the two nations.
In 2020, the Sudanese government decided to move its troops to al-Fashaga following increased reports of attacks carried out by armed Ethiopian militia “Shefta” against Sudanese farmers.
The border dispute had even led to members of the Ethiopian government declining Sudan’s offer to mediate between the government and the Tigray forces in order to help end the conflict in Ethiopia’s troubled region.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister’s spokesperson mentioned in this regard that the country’s relationship with Sudan has become a “little bit tricky” in light of trust with some leaders having been eroded “particularly with the Sudanese army incursion into Ethiopian territory.”