Sudan, Ethiopia accused of agreeing to support armed Eritrean opposition groups


Eritrea has protested a defense protocol signed between Ethiopia and Sudan, which it says is an agreement to support Eritrean armed opposition groups in order to ‘enable them properly execute their objectives’.

During the Ethiopian premier’s visit to Khartoum at the beginning of May, Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Omar al Bashir agreed to establish a military force to protect Ethiopia’s dam project, secure the border and exchange information aimed at controlling rampant groups.

The Eritrean ministry of information however claims that the two governments are scheming to destablise the country.

To this end, both governments have agreed to provide these groups with material support inside their respective borders as well as to extend to them requisite facilities for enhancing their free and unhindered, cross border movements in the two countries.

‘‘To this end, both governments have agreed to provide these groups with material support inside their respective borders as well as to extend to them requisite facilities for enhancing their free and unhindered, cross border movements in the two countries,’‘ reads part of the statement released by Eritrea.

Abiy is on record for having pledged to mend fences with estranged neighbour, Eritrea in his inauguration speech.

But the Eritreans describe Abiy’s actions as ‘pretentious PR’ that is ‘neither new nor surprising’.
Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after decades of armed struggle. In 1998, the two neighbouring countries fought a two-year long war over their disputed border which claimed the lives of at least 70,000.

The two countries have had tense relations as a peace deal signed in 2000 to end the war has never been fully implemented.
Source://www.africanews.com/
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Press Statement

In the past two weeks during the visit of the new Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia to the Sudan, both governments have reportedly agreed “to extend support to what they termed as Eritrea’s armed opposition groups in order to enable them to properly execute their objectives”.

To this end, both governments “have agreed to provide these groups with material support inside their respective borders as well as to extend to them requisite facilities for enhancing their free and unhindered, cross-border, movements in the two countries”.

To ensure the effective coordination of these operations, the Ethiopian side has appointed the Consul in its Embassy in Khartoum, a certain Mr. Burhan, who has also been acting as the principal supervisor of the operations of Qatari funded Jihadist groups. The Sudan has similarly appointed General Hamid Al-Mustafa, as a counterpart for the Ethiopian appointee, for the coordination task.

This scheme, launched at a time of intense and pretentious PR campaigns, is in essence, neither new nor surprising. We hardly need to emphasize its futility.

Ministry of Information
14 May 2018
Asmara

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