Africa Politics & Current Affairs

Abiy Ahmed: ‘we don’t want war’ with Sudan

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Tuesday that his country did not want war with Sudan, as tensions over a contested region along their border spark fears of broader conflict.

He stressed later on that Ethiopia “did not want war” with their neighbor over this decade’s-old territorial dispute, describing Sudan as a “brotherly country” whose people loved Ethiopia.

The border quarrel is over Al-Fashaqa, an agricultural area sandwiched between two rivers, where Ethiopia’s Northern Amhara and Tigray regions meet Sudan’s Eastern Gedaref state.

The fertile farmland is claimed by both countries and has been a flashpoint for conflict, most recently as fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region sent some 60,000 refugees fleeing into Sudan.

On Tuesday, Sudan accepted a United Arab Emirates mediation proposal in an attempt to reduce tensions with Ethiopia over a border dispute and Addis Ababa’s construction of a dam on the Nile.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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