Ethiopia calls for truce amid escalating border crisis with Sudan


Ethiopia says it is dismayed at recent cross border incursion along its common border with Sudan and has called for Sudanese authorities to allow for diplomacy to lead the search for an amicable solution.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry expressed “its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of both countries.”

“In the spirit of containing the situation on the ground and avoiding any further tension, the Ministry urges that the two countries should work together through existing military mechanisms to address and jointly investigate circumstances surrounding the incident”.

The statement just 24 hours after Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said it summoned Ethiopia’s diplomat to the country over a cross border attack that was allegedly conducted by a militia backed by Ethiopia’s military.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has since sent is military chief of staff Lt. Gen. Adam Mohamed Mahmoud to Khartoum to meet with top Sudanese military and government officials in efforts to ease the tensions.

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