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European envoy in Sudan to ease tension with Ethiopia

Tension escalated between Sudan and Ethiopia over their border dispute

Buhram Abdel-Mon'em   | 07.02.2021
European envoy in Sudan to ease tension with Ethiopia

KHARTOUM

A European special envoy is set to arrive in Sudan on Sunday for talks aimed at easing tension with Ethiopia over their border dispute.

“The High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy in the European Union, Josep Borrell, assigned the Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto, to visit Sudan and Ethiopia as a special envoy of the European Union,” the EU Mission in Sudan said in a statement.

The visit aims "to help ease tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia, and to find out how the international community can provide support in finding peaceful solutions to the current crises facing the region", the statement added.

Haavisto is expected to stay in Khartoum for two days where he will meet Sudan's top officials, including Abdelfattah al-Burhan, chairman of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and Foreign Minister Omar Qamar al-Din.

Relations between Khartoum and Addis Ababa witnessed tensions over Sudanese accusations to Ethiopia of supporting gangs that targeted Sudanese territories along with stuck talks over border demarcation.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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