Sudan and Ethiopia agree to dialogue on border dispute

By , July 6, 2022 8:26 pm
Abiy Ahmed (right) and Al-Burhan (center) met at regional conference

The Sudanese and Ethiopian leaders met on the sidelines during a summit for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) held in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday (05.07.22) to discuss the long-running and recent clash at the disputed border.

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed twitted after the meeting that “We both made a commitment for dialogue (and) peaceful resolution to outstanding issues”.

On his side, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan who took over the power in Sudan after a military coup last year stated that the IGAD meeting gave them an opportunity “to take stock of the response” to challenges in the region.

The dispute between the two countries is over the fertile border region of Al-Fashqa. The areas has long been cultivated by Ethiopian farmers, but is claimed by Sudan to be its territory leading tensions that sometimes turned violent.