Khartoum’s decision came days after Addis Ababa rejected Sudan’s proposal to mediate the ongoing conflict in Tigray.
Sudan recalled its ambassador to neighboring Ethiopia and was frustrated with the position of Ethiopian officials, who allegedly rejected Khartoum’s offer to mediate the ongoing conflict in Tigray.
“If Ethiopia considers what Sudan can do, it will improve its position…rather than reject all its efforts completely,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a statement on Sunday.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken talked about the conflict in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on Wednesday.
The statement said that Hamdok’s proposal was made within the framework of his chairmanship of IGAD, which includes Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti, Sudan, Uganda and Somalia.
Khartoum’s move is the latest sign of the deterioration of relations between these two neighboring countries. Tensions began when Sudan deployed troops to its border with Ethiopia at the end of last year.
According to the agreement that delineated the border between the two countries in the early 1900s, the decades-long border dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia was concentrated on large tracts of farmland in what Sudan called the al-Fashaqa region.
The two countries held multiple rounds of talks, the most recent one being in Khartoum in December, to resolve the dispute, but no progress was made.
In recent months, disputes have escalated after Sudan deployed troops to al-Fashaqa. Sudan stated that it had reclaimed most of its territory and called on Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from at least two locations that it said were in Sudan.
However, Ethiopian officials accused Sudan of using the Tigray conflict zone to enter Ethiopian territory. It called on the Sudanese army to return to their positions before the outbreak of fighting in Tigray in November.
As border tensions occur, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt are also trying to resolve the tripartite dispute over the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed’s spokeswoman, Bilene Seyoum, said on Thursday that relations with Sudan were “a bit tricky” and accused Khartoum of occupying Ethiopian territory-this is against al-Fashaqa. Mentioned.
She said that Sudan is not a “credible party” to facilitate negotiations between the Abi government and Tigray leaders.
The conflict broke out in Tigray in November after Abi had a dispute with the ruling party in Tigray that has ruled the Ethiopian government for nearly 30 years. The increasing war threatens the stability of the entire Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia did not immediately comment on Sunday.
In February, Sudan accused Ethiopian troops of entering Sudan and warned that this would have a “serious impact” on the security and stability of the region. Therefore, Sudan ordered Ambassador Jamal Sheikh to return from Ethiopia. A few weeks later, Al-Sheikh returned to Addis Ababa.
The Tigray War has killed thousands of people and pushed the area to the brink of famine. More than 60,000 people also fled Tigray and took refuge in Sudan.