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Sudan recalls its ambassador from neighboring Ethiopia

Sudan has recalled its ambassador from neighboring Ethiopia after Addis Ababa rejected Khartoum's offer to mediate the ongoing conflict between…

Sudan has recalled its ambassador from neighboring Ethiopia after Addis Ababa rejected Khartoum’s offer to mediate the ongoing conflict between Ethiopia’s federal and rebel forces.Sudan’s foreign ministry on Sunday said it had “followed statements made by senior Ethiopian officials refusing Sudan’s help to end the bloody conflict in Tigray, citing a lack of neutrality and [Sudan’s] occupation of Ethiopian territories.” 

It dismissed the statements as “allegations with no basis,” adding that “Sudan has recalled its ambassador to Ethiopia for consultations.”

Relations between Ethiopia and Sudan have soured after Sudan deployed troops to disputed al-Fashaqa land which has been held by Ethiopian farmers since 1900.

Ethiopian officials have been accusing Sudan of taking advantage of the Tigray conflict region to enter Ethiopian territory. It has called for Sudanese troops to return to their positions before the Tigray fighting erupted in November.

The border tensions come at a time when Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are also trying to resolve a three-way dispute over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

There are reports circulating on social media that Sudan’s soldiers have been captured along with TPLF fighters in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. 

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