Sudan Recalls Envoy to Ethiopia As Tensions High

Sudan Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Ethiopia, the foreign ministry said, as tensions between the two countries run high over a border region and Addis Ababa’s controversial Blue Nile dam.
 
“Sudan has recalled its ambassador to Addis Ababa for consultations over Sudanese-Ethiopian relations,” foreign ministry spokesman Mansour Boulad told AFP.
 
He said the envoy would return to his post after the “completion of consultations”, without elaborating on the nature of the discussions.
 
Khartoum’s move comes amid rising tensions with Addis Ababa over the Al-Fashaqa border region, where Ethiopian farmers cultivate fertile land claimed by Sudan.
 
The two neighboring countries have been trading accusations of violence in the area and territorial violations.
 
On Sunday, Khartoum claimed that Ethiopia had allowed its troops to enter Sudanese territory in an act of “aggression” and “regrettable escalation”.
 
Last month, Ethiopia alleged that Sudanese forces were pushing further into the border region.

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