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Sudan accepts Turkey's mediation over border disputes with Ethiopia

North African country asks UN Security Council to drop Darfur sanctions as peace deal signed

19.09.2021
Sudan accepts Turkey's mediation over border disputes with Ethiopia

By Mohammed Amin

KHARTOUM, Sudan

Sudan accepted a mediation offer from Turkey to solve the border disputes with Ethiopia, an official said on Saturday.

“During the visit of Sudan’s head of Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to Turkey last month, he accepted an initiative from the Turkish leadership to solve the border disputes with Ethiopia,” Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi told a news conference in Khartoum.

She further stressed that the North African country is keen to improve its ties with Turkey in different areas, including the political and economic fronts.

Al-Burhan paid a visit to Turkey in August and signed several economic agreements with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

She also said that Sudan asked the UN Security Council to drop international sanctions regarding the situation in the western Darfur region.

“The situation in Sudan, particularly in Darfur, has changed since the Sudanese revolution, the formation of the transitional government, and the signing of the peace deal in the region, so Sudan is in need of support of the international community regarding the implementation of the Juba peace agreement instead of the continuation of sanctions imposed because of the policies and practices of the old regime.”

She also said that Sudan has accepted to open offices for the UN Human Rights Council as well as the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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