The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the accusations made by the official Ethiopian news agency against Khartoum regarding its involvement in the war between the central government and the Tigray Liberation Front.
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry stated that it followed up with “astonishment” the news published by the Ethiopian state radio agency Fana on December 9, in which the agency reported accusations related to Sudan supporting the Tigray Liberation Front.
Ethiopia is engaged in a currently ongoing armed conflict in the Tigray region, which began at on the 3-4 November 2020.
The war is currently being fought between the government of the Tigray region, led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) with the assistance of the Ethiopian Federal Police and National Police, Territorial State and Gendarmerie Forces in the neighboring Amhara Afar regions, with the involvement of the Eritrean Defense Forces.
Accommodation and Training
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement today that the agency’s claim “that Sudan has sheltered and trained the Tigray People’s Liberation Front to confront the Ethiopian government forces” are absurd and contradictory to the truth.
She stressed Sudan’s full commitment to the principles of good neighborliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and that what had been reported by Fana was absolutely baseless.
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry called on Ethiopia to stop accusing Sudan of taking aggressive stances and practices that are not supported by evidence on the ground.
“The Foreign Ministry would like to confirm that Sudan controls all of its internationally recognized lands and borders with neighboring Ethiopia, and has never, and will never, allow it to be used for any aggression,” the Ministry stated.
Addis Ababa has accused Sudan at least 4 times in recent months of assisting of the Tigray Liberation Front.
Khartoum has denied, stressing that it does not interfere in the affairs of Ethiopia, which has been at war for more than a year.
As the Ethiopian government continues its military campaign in the Tigray region, fears are mounting that the fighting will deepen the country’s ethnic and political divisions and undermine the reforms undertaken by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.