ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with the vice-President of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan on a rare visit to Addis Ababa by a top official from Khartoum over the weekend.
Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, widely known as Hemeti, came to Addis Ababa on Saturday for a two-day long official visit.
Defense Minister Abraham Belay welcomed Dalgo upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport together with other senior government officials including Temesgen Tiruneh, Director-General of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).
Prime Minister Abiy first welcomed Hemeti and his delegation to Addis Ababa in a message posted on his Twitter page.
“I would like to express, once again, my appreciation for the deep historical bonds that bind our two people,” Abiy said.
During his stay, Dagalo held discussions with the Prime Minister, Chief of Staff of the National Army, Field Marshal Berhanu Jula, and Defense Minister Abraham Belay.
The discussions with Dalago and his delegation have been held on bilateral issues before their return to Khartoum on Sunday, according to defense minister Abraham.
The two neighboring countries have reached an understanding that they should work closely on bilateral issues, he told the state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).
“We have agreed on the need to work closely and together on bilateral issues,” Abraham added.
Relations between Khartoum and Addis Ababa deteriorated due to a territorial conflict over the disputed Al-Fashaqa border region, after Sudanese troops drive away Ethiopian farmers there and occupied the land in November 2021.
Sudan, along with Egypt, is also locked in a bitter dispute over Ethiopia’s mega-dam, also known as Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), on the Blue Nile. Earlier this week, PM Abiy said the time now for “the three countries to nurture the narrative towards building peace, cooperation, mutual co-existence and development of our people without harming one another.”
“The Nile in general and the GERD project in particular are opportune for such a higher purpose,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter page on Thursday.