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Sudan says ready to deal with security threat on eastern border   

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan said on Sunday that its army is ready to deal with any possible security threat on the country’s eastern border.

“It is known that there are some opposition forces in our east, therefore, we are taking precautions for whatever may come from that direction,” said Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour at a joint press conference with his visiting Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu.

“We are not talking about a particular country, but we are on alert that someone is trying to harm us. We will reveal further details when time is appropriate,” Ghandour noted.

He further reiterated readiness of the Sudanese army to confront any situations, adding that the forces had reallocated some of its troops to prepare for any possible changes that might harm Sudan’s security.

The Ethiopian foreign minister, for his part, reiterated his country’s pledge to make every effort to promote regional peace.

“We discussed regional and international issues. We are ready to work closely together to boost bilateral relations and we need peace in the region,” said Gebeyehu.

Gebeyehu arrived in Khartoum on Sunday for an one-day visit to Sudan.

He delivered a message from the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Last Thursday, Sudan officially announced that there were potential security threats from Egypt and Eritrea following reported military moves in Eritrea’s Sawa area near the border with Sudan’s state of Kassala.

This coincided with Sudan’s closure of all its border crossings with Eritrea and sending of military reinforcements to the country’s eastern border.

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Ethiopia Foreign Affairs Minister leaves for Sudan on official visit

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu, left here on Sunday for an official visit to Ethiopia’s neighboring country Sudan.

Gebeyehu’s visit came amid the souring relations among Sudan and Ethiopia’s archrival Eritrea, as Sudan recently closed its eastern border with the Red Sea nation.

According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gebeyehu is expected to discuss with senior Sudanese officials on ways of strengthening ties among the two countries in political, economic, and social areas.

Prior to Gebeyehu’s visit to Sudan, Sudanese Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Emad al-Din Mustafa Adawi had visited Ethiopia and discussed with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on regional security issues.

The closure of the border by Sudan came amid reports that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had set up a military camp in Eritrea.

Gebeyehu was also in UAE for an official visit last week.

The diplomatic relations among Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt is largely intertwined with the Blue Nile River that originates from Ethiopia and shared among the three countries.

The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the river, which will be regarded as Africa’s largest dam upon completion with a total volume of 74,000 million cubic meters, has been a major issue between the three countries since its commencement in April 2011 with a construction cost of 80 billion Ethiopian birr (close to 4.7 billion U.S. dollars).

Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have formed a tripartite committee back in 2012 to create understanding and look into the benefits and impacts the project would have on the three countries.

Ethiopia and Sudan had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance joint security and military cooperation between the two neighboring countries in the fight against terrorism.

Ethiopia and Sudan have also reached consensus regarding the construction of Ethiopia’s dam, while Egypt has been expressing its concern over the potential impact it would have on its water share of the river.

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Egypt President denies conspiring against Sudan and Ethiopia

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Monday that his country is not conspiring against Sudan or Ethiopia.

“Egypt does not interfere into the affairs of other countries, nor will it waste time in disagreement,” said Sisi.

He stressed that Egypt is keen to build positive relations with all countries, stressing that the peoples of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt need investment not wars.

The Egyptian president pointed out that Egypt is modernizing and building its army to protect peace, not to attack other countries.

Last Thursday, Sudan officially announced that there were potential security threats from Egypt and Eritrea following reported military moves in Eritrea’s Sawa area near the border with Sudan’s state of Kassala.

This coincided with Sudan’s closure of all its border crossings with Eritrea and sending of military reinforcements to the country’s eastern border.

On Jan. 4, Sudan said it decided to recall its ambassador to Egypt for consultations.

Relations between Egypt and Sudan have been tense over the past years on various issues, including their difference over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam which Ethiopia is building on the main sources of the Nile River.

The two countries also have a territorial dispute over the border region of Halayeb and Shalateen, which are currently under Egypt’s control.

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Sudan officially announces potential security
threats from Egypt, Eritrea on eastern borders

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Thursday officially announced that there are potential security threats from Egypt and Eritrea on eastern Sudanese borders.

“The meeting of the Leadership Office of the (ruling) National Congress Party (NCP) has directed for continuation of security arrangements on Sudan’s eastern borders after receiving information on potential security threats from Egypt and Eritrea at Sawa area,” Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, NCP’s Deputy Chairman, said in a statement.

Sudan announced early this week the closure of its eastern border with Eritrea and deployed thousands of troops along the border area.

Earlier news reports pointed out that Egyptian military reinforcements have reportedly arrived in Eritrea’s military base of Sawa.

On Jan. 4, Sudan said it decided to recall its ambassador to Egypt for consultations.

Relations between Egypt and Sudan have been tense over the past years on various issues, including their difference over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam which Ethiopia is building on the main sources of the Nile River.

The two countries also have a territorial dispute over the border region of Halayeb and Shalateen, which are currently under Egyptian control.

             

 

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