Khartoum will continue its efforts to ensure stability in Ethiopia, the Sudanese prime minister said on Sunday, as his neighbor grapples with bitter conflict in its northern Tigray region.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said Sudan has reached out to all sides in a campaign to end the conflict.
“We will continue to make all our efforts to make Ethiopia stable, unified and secure,” Hamdok said at a press conference in Khartoum.
Northern Ethiopia has been ravaged by fighting since last November, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to overthrow the Tigray Popular Liberation Front (TPLF), the then ruling party in the region.
Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have fled to refugee camps in Sudan to escape a conflict that the UN says has pushed 400,000 people into conditions bordering on famine.
Last week, Sudan said it recalled its ambassador to Ethiopia for “consultations” after Addis Ababa repelled a push from Khartoum to help resolve the conflict.
Earlier this month, Ethiopia said its confidence in some of the Sudanese leaders had been “eroded”, and accused the Sudanese army of launching an “incursion” into Ethiopian territory.
Relations between Khartoum and Addis Ababa have also deteriorated over the disputed border region of Fashaga, a fertile strip long cultivated by Ethiopian farmers but claimed by Sudan.
The tensions come at a delicate time between the two countries, which, along with Egypt, have been locked into inconclusive talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile.
Downstream countries Egypt and Sudan both fear the mega-dam could threaten the waters they depend on.
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