Sudan withdraws its ambassador to Ethiopia after ‘unfounded accusations’.
Sudan summoned its ambassador to Ethiopia for talks after top Ethiopian officials made comments rejecting Khartoum’s mediation efforts in the Tigray area dispute based on “non-neutrality and colonization of Ethiopian territories.”
According to diplomatic sources, the Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Jamal Al-Sheikh, will meet with Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok to address recent developments in Sudanese-Ethiopian ties.
Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that “the suggestion that Sudan was involved in the conflict, as well as the claim of occupation, is a continuation of Ethiopia’s practice of ignoring facts in its relations with Sudan and promoting allegations that have no basis in fact and are based solely on the ambitions of Ethiopian government circles.”
Sudan’s involvement in settling the dispute is “part of its commitment to regional peace and stability, as well as an indication of its desire to stabilize the situation in Ethiopia and for solidarity in the face of the difficulties it confronts,” according to the statement.
Additionally, it stated that Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok’s initiative, which is being carried out as part of his presidency of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), aims to encourage Ethiopian parties to reach a ceasefire and engage in a comprehensive political dialogue process to preserve Ethiopia’s unity and stability.
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry emphasized that “communication between the two countries remains the foundation for resolving any complications that may arise, as well as for upgrading relations between them,” noting that Sudan’s efforts “did not halt as a result of its responsibility, and it will continue to push for a resolution to the Ethiopian conflict.”
“Being accountable and embracing the region’s tremendous human suffering will [push] Sudan and everyone capable of constructive action to offer whatever help they can, particularly considering Sudan’s proximity to Ethiopia and the flow of refugees,” the statement ended.