PM Abiy Ahmed addressing members of the lower house of Ethiopian parliament in March 2021

Abiy urges Sudanese to Avoid Enmity with Ethiopians, Pursue Peace

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called on the Sudanese people to avoid enmity with Ethiopia and pursue a peaceful mechanism to address the situation between the two neighboring countries.

Addressing the Sudanese people in a statement written in Arabic and posted on Twitter, Prime Minister Abiy noted that the people of Sudan and Ethiopia are brothers.

“There are many who want Ethiopia and Sudan to slip into fighting each other. But these parties, whether they are governments or others, will not reap any benefit from fueling strife between our two peoples, for our choice is peace. Our choice is for mutual trust to prevail between us,” he said.

Abiy further underlined that there should not be confrontations between the two countries because of external pressures.

“We have to control ourselves… and to be restrained. This is for the sake of our common interests and the principles of good neighborliness,” he continued.

“There should be no enmities between us,” said the Premier, “Rather, we must be partners in development, and rise together.”

He said, “We have all respect for the brotherly Sudanese people. We believe that Sudan and Ethiopia are capable of solving all the problems and difficulties they face in the spirit of lasting brotherhood and good neighborliness.”