ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed said his government is closely following what’s happening in an area bordering Ethiopia and Sudan following a deadly incident on Wednesday.
Ethiopian militias have been accused of conducting a deadly ambush on Sudanese troops in the border area by the Sovereign Council, a joint military-civilian body that is ruling Sudan.
Officials of the Sudan and Ethiopia are in regular meetings to resolve security issues in areas bordering the two issues.
Prime Minister Abiy on Thursday said his government “is closely following the incident with local militia on the Ethio-Sudan border”.
He, however, said the incident would not negatively affect Ethio-Sudan steongg ties.
“Such incidents will not break the bond between our two countries as we always use dialogue to resolve issues,” he said. “Those fanning discord clearly do not understand the strength of our historical ties.”
On Sunday, Abiy met with his Sudanese counterpart, Abdalla Hamdok, in Addis Abeba where the pair held talks on several issues including border security and humanitarian responses.
The meeting came after thousands of Ethiopians fled to Sudanese territory during the recent law enforcement operation conducted by the federal government in Tigray region, which borders with Sudan, following TPLF forces attacked the federal army bases there, killing soldiers and looting weapons, on Nov. 4, 2020.
On Nov. 28, Abiy declared an end to the military operation following the fall of the city of Mekele, the capital of Tigray. Efforts involving the government of Sudan and United Nations are ongoing to repatriate the refugees back home.