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Ethiopia,Sudan to meet again in Khartoum to pursue political consultation

Sudanese Delegation and a delegation from Ethiopia reportedly reached agreement to “combat illegal activity” along the borders of the two countries 

May 18, 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia disclosed on Monday that the two-day long political consultation with Sudanese delegation is completed.

The Sudanese delegation arrived in Ethiopia last Friday for the talks over the border issues days after declining Ethiopian proposal regarding first phase filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

A joint statement from both parties said that the meeting “was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere reflecting the longstanding fraternal relations between the two countries based on good neighborliness and mutual understanding.”

High-level Sudanese delegation led by Sudan’s Minister for Cabinet Affairs, H.E. Omar Bashir Manis, and an Ethiopian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen held a two days consultation between May 16 and May 18.

The border between the two countries was the agenda item. According to the joint statement, “the two countries have agreed to continue the discussion and to create a conducive environment for the resolution of the boundary issues within the existing frameworks and on the basis of agreed and signed documents.” But no further detail is disclosed.

However, it is disclosed that Ethiopian and Sudanese delegation will have a “High-level political meeting” at the end of June 2020, and the purpose is to follow up from the just-concluded meeting between the two countries.

In the meeting in Addis Ababa, the two parties “agreed to strengthen cooperation and to combat any illegal activities and ensure the security of people along the border area and reinforce people-to-people relations,” as disclosed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

It is, however, undisclosed as regarding the identities of groups involved in the “illegal activity.”

There has been a reported skirmish along the Ethio-Sudanese border in North-Western Ethiopia in the past few weeks. 

Based on reports from DW Amharic service, Ethiopian investors engaged in agribusiness in the area are unable to carry out their economic activity due to security problems involving armed groups on the Sudanese side of the border. These armed groups are allegedly claiming lands within Ethiopia. 

In July 2018, there had been a similar skirmish between Ethiopian farmers and Sudanese border soldiers. At the time, it was reported that at least five Ethiopian farmers were killed.

In March 2019, the two countries had reached agreement to work together on border security

Two years earlier,Ethiopia and Sudan launched what was then described as “joint border force” to patrol the border against “human trafficking” and robbery. 

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  1. I have said this on more than one occasion before and I am gonna double down with it. Ethiopia has every right backed up by all pertinent international laws to harness its natural resources for the good of its citizens without causing any harm to its neighbors near and afar. Full stop, end of story!!! In this case bully-of-the-neighborhood-wanna-be Egypt may go to the distance to try, I said to try, flexing its ‘muscle’ to show off just that. That may or may not happen but it is up to France, UK and the USA to not let that take place. They are obligated and have the utmost responsibility in restraining their orphan in Al-Qahirah who they have been arming to the teeth for no justifiable reason from endangering the lives of black folks who have done nothing wrong but exercising their birth rights. I am sure they realize that and I have the confidence in their capability to tame those sociopaths in Al-Qahirah. When you hear news about Egypt creating commando units and training in jungle warfare, you should ask for fighting who? Who is that the jungle country that poses clear and present danger to Egypt? The late Gaddafi’s Libya? What? Why does Egypt need one of the most modern fighter jets like the F16’s and Mirages? To fight Israel? I thought that was settled in 1967 and 1973 where Israel licked Egypt as if it robbed a bank. Also there is an inviolable peace accord signed in 1979 between the two. I am sure the Good Ole USA will not tolerate that but I am not sure about the UK and France. Again, these three powers should restrain those superpower-wannabe’s of Egypt. They may end up losing the fringe benefits of the Blue Nile forever!!! You see, when loud fighter jets whiz by they have this earth shaking sonic boom and if that happens on top of a very big river like the Blue Nile it is like a 9.8 earthquake which in turn creates an alluvial tsunami. Such tsunami is known to change the course of rivers. Rivers will start flowing in reverse direction. You know what I mean?


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