KHARTOUM, 25 February 2021 – Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has said his country is not involved in the ongoing border dispute between neighboring Ethiopia and Sudan.

Thursday, Afewerki urged Ethiopia and Sudan to embrace peaceful solutions that serve peace, stability, and security in the region.

Eritrea Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed

Eritrea Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

The message from Asmara was delivered Thursday in Khartoum during an ongoing visit to Sudan by Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed.

The Eritrean delegation on the trip is completed by Asmara’s Presidential Adviser, Yemane Ghebreab.

Afwerki expressed concern over the border dispute, reiterating the official position of Eritrea in the dispute.

Asmara, the message said, supports Sudan’s right to extend its sovereignty over its lands.

Observers in both Addis Ababa and Khartoum said the message reads like Eritrea has taken sides in favor of Sudan.

Last week, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “the conflict being trumpeted by the Sudanese government’s military wing could only serve the interests of a third party at the expense of the Sudanese people”.

Prime Ministers of Ethiopia (L) and Sudan - Photo Republic World

Prime Ministers of Ethiopia (L) and Sudan – Photo Republic World

Addis Ababa did not name the third party, but observers and media commentators in both Addis Ababa and Khartoum pointed an accusing finger at Eritrea as that possible third party.

The United States and the European Union have accused Eritrea of involvement in the armed conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

Asmara has also denied the accusation.

On Wednesday, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry described the Ethiopian statement about a third party lurking and profiteering from the border dispute as a “betrayal to the history of Ethiopia’s relations with Sudan and a denial to the mutual relations between the people of the two countries”.

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