Eritrea, Sudan to Reopen Border Crossings

ADDIS ABEBA – Eritrea and Sudan have agreed to reopen border crossings following talks between top officials of the two countries on Tuesday.

Sudan had closed the border in 2018, citing concerns over illegal crossings and human trafficking.

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and the deputy head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, Lt-Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, met in Asmera.

During the meeting, the two sides agreed to open the border between the two countries, Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Meskel tweeted.

Yemane also said the officials also agreed “on the formation of Joint Committee to chart out the modalities and monitor the implementation of the agreement”.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries had not been good under Sudan’s long-time leader Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted earlier this year.

The BBC reported that there has been intensive shuttle diplomacy between Khartoum and Asmara in the last few weeks. Eritrea has expressed strong support for the Transitional Military Council, it reported.