ANKARA, 17 February 2021 – Ethiopia would appreciate the Turkish government’s mediation on the Ethio-Sudanese border dispute, an Ethiopian foreign ministry official said Tuesday.
“War is not an agenda. If mediation is offered by Turkey, Ethiopia will appreciate it,” said Dina Mufti, a spokesperson for the ministry who was on a two-day visit (February 15-16) to the Turkish capital, Ankara.
Sudan and Ethiopia share 1,600 kilometers (994 miles) of common border.
The two countries have been locked in decades of dispute over their common border in the Fashaga Triangle, with each country claiming sovereignty over the disputed area.
Mufti said Addis Ababa believes is committed to resolving the Ethio-Sudanese border conflict through diplomatic means, lauding relations with other Horn of Africa neighbors.
“Without exaggerating, We now have a great relationship with Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, and Sudan despite the unfortunate borders situation,” Mufti told Anadolu Agency.
He urged cooperation and the creation of a grow-together spirit throughout the region.
On the armed conflict in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, Mufti said Ethiopia has already started rehabilitation of the region.
He also said the federal government inAddis Ababa has increased access by humanitarian workers to the region, a view which is contradicted by almost every senior official of the main humanitarian aid agencies.