WORLD Sudanese leader stresses keenness on normal, balanced ties with Ethiopia

WORLD

Sudanese leader stresses keenness on normal, balanced ties with Ethiopia

Xinhua

20:12, June 29, 2022

This file photo shows South Sudan People's Defense Forces (SSPDF) troops at the Rajap Police Academy in Juba, capital of South Sudan, April 26, 2019.(Photo: Xinhua)

This file photo shows South Sudan People's Defense Forces (SSPDF) troops at the Rajap Police Academy in Juba, capital of South Sudan, April 26, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Tuesday reiterated Sudan's keenness on normal and balanced ties with Ethiopia.

Al-Burhan made the remarks when he met here with visiting European Union's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Annette Weber, the sovereign council said in a statement.

Al-Burhan and Weber reviewed the tensions in the Fashaga area on the Sudan-Ethiopia border and the Ethiopian army's execution of seven Sudanese soldiers and a citizen, said the statement.

"Al-Burhan stressed Sudan's keenness on normal and balanced relations with neighboring Ethiopia," it said.

On Sunday, the Sudanese Armed Forces said the Ethiopian army "executed" seven Sudanese soldiers and a citizen who were held captive, which Ethiopia denied.

On Monday, Sudan decided to file a formal complaint to the UN Security Council against Ethiopia, while the Sudanese foreign ministry decided to immediately recall its ambassador to Ethiopia for consultations and to summon the Ethiopian ambassador in Khartoum to inform him of Sudan's condemnation.

Since September 2020, the Sudan-Ethiopia border has been witnessing rising tensions and deadly skirmishes between the two sides.

Sudan has accused the Ethiopian military of backing the farmers' seizure of Sudanese lands at the disputed Fashaga district on its border with Ethiopia.

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