Sudan, South Sudan deny supporting Tigray forces in Ethiopia
NAIROBI, Kenya – Sudan and South Sudan jointly deny supporting the Tigray Defense Forces [TDF], who were at loggerheads with the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF] for over 13 months.
One of Ethiopia’s public broadcasters claimed last week that Khartoum and Juba were involved in the ongoing conflict, which has nearly shattered Ethiopia. However, the public broadcaster did not provide a detailed report on this matter.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Sudanese foreign ministry called on Ethiopia to “stop accusing Sudan of adopting aggressive positions and practices that are not supported by evidence on the ground.”
The Sudanese foreign ministry insisted that Sudanese forces fully control its borders with Ethiopia and “never and never will” use it for attacks on the Ethiopian army.
Relations between Sudan and Ethiopia are strained due to their dispute over the border area of Fashaga. The Sudanese army regularly clashes with Amhara militiamen backed by the Ethiopian government or its army, reports The Sudan Tribune.
Prior to the clarification, the South Sudanese government had reacted to similar accusations from the Ethiopian government-controlled media.
Speaking to reporters after Friday’s cabinet meeting, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth dismissed allegations that South Sudan provided military logistics to TPLF rebels.
Makuei recalled that Addis Ababa supported the South Sudanese in their struggle for independence, stressing that they would never support the Tigray rebels to overthrow the government.
“However, if there are individuals who can sell guns, these are the individuals who might be in possession of their own guns. They do so at their own risk,” he said.
“If the Ethiopian government can get a hold of these people, then they should be sentenced,” he added.
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