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Sudan says exercising restraint amid tension with Ethiopia

Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan visits military units at his country’s border area with Ethiopia on Monday, in Al-Fashqa area, Sudan on November 29, 2021 [Sudanese Presidential Palace/Anadolu Agency]
Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan visits military units at his country’s border area with Ethiopia on Monday, in Al-Fashqa area, Sudan on November 29, 2021 [Sudanese Presidential Palace/Anadolu Agency]

Sudan said, Wednesday, that it exercises self-restraint amid tension with Ethiopia over the killing of seven Sudanese soldiers, Reuters reports.

"The government's duty is to defend its territory and citizens," Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary, Dafallah Al-Hajj Ali, said in a statement carried by the state news agency, SUNA.

"Sudan is exercising restraint to prevent an escalation with Ethiopia," he added.

The Sudanese diplomat met on Tuesday with UK Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Robert Fairweather, during which Al-Hajj Ali explained developments in the disputed Al-Fashqa border area.

"Ethiopian forces entered Sudanese territory and kidnapped seven soldiers and a civilian, executed them and mutilated their bodies," Al-Hajj Ali said.

"The Ethiopian practices don't comply with international conventions and norms and the nature of the relationship between the two countries," he added.

READ: Ethiopia accuses Sudan of forceful border breach

For his part, Fairweather was quoted by SUNA as saying that "it's not in the interest of the two countries to escalate the situation," hailing "Sudan's stance and its exercise of restraint to prevent an escalation."

On Sunday, the Sudanese army accused Ethiopia of executing seven soldiers and a citizen.

Ethiopia, for its part, said it's ready to co-investigate the incident with Sudan, voicing hope that the Sudanese government would distance itself from any escalation.

Tension escalated between Sudan and Ethiopia in recent months over the Al-Fashaqa Triangle, a decades-long disputed border area, lacking definite demarcation.

While Khartoum said on 31 December, 2020, that it imposed its control over the Sudanese territory where Ethiopian militias were present, Addis Ababa accuses Sudan's military of occupying Ethiopian territory, as well, as a claim its northern neighbour denies.

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