Home | News    Friday 18 August 2017

Sudan’s Bashir denies border dispute with Ethiopia, says they want regional integration


President Omer al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hold a press conference on 17 August 2017 (SUNA Photo)

August 17, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir said there no border dispute with Ethiopia, adding that the two countries, adding the two countries are working to enhance bilateral relation and to achieve regional integration.

Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir said there no border dispute with Ethiopia, stressing there is no dispute between the two countries over the border demarcation line.

"There is a full agreement on the demarcation of the border, and there is no disagreement over the terms of reference for the demarcation of the border between the two countries," Bashir told a joint press conference in Khartoum with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who ended a three-day visit to Sudan on Thursday.

"All what remains is to place the boundary markers," he said pointing that there is a high-level mechanism he chairs jointly with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, in addition to ministerial, technical, security and regional mechanisms to protect the border between the two countries.

Ethiopian and Sudanese farmers from two sides of the border used to dispute the ownership of land in Al-Fashaga area located in the southeastern part of Sudan’s eastern state of Gedaref.

In the past years, Sudanese authorities accused Ethiopia of controlling more than a million acres of Sudanese agricultural land in the area of Al-Fashaga, saying the area has been completely isolated from Sudan.

Al-Fashaga covers an area of about 250 square kilometres and it has about 600.000 acres of fertile lands. Also, there are river systems flowing across the area including Atbara, Setait and Baslam rivers.

The Sudanese president said two countries strongly determined to develop bilateral relations and to reach an integration in all fields, pointing that Desalegn’s visit comes within the framework of continuous consultation between the two countries to develop cooperation and consider issues of common concern.

The Sudanese president further said all the conditions are gathered to establish "Horn of Africa Economic Organization " to promote the interests of the region and meet the aspirations and desires of its people and leaders".

The Horn of Africa countries during the recent years were marginalized within the African Union and also they receive a small portion from the international assistance for the economic development of Africa.

This situation is discussed by the Sudanese and Ethiopian officials who seriously consider the creation of an economic zone and to open the borders. However, Eritrea with its border conflict with Ethiopia remains an obstacle that the Khartoum and Addis Ababa may put aside for the time being.

In a lecture he gave a Khartoum on Thursday, the Ethiopian premier called for the creation of an economic market including, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia Somalia and Sudan.

For his part, Desalegn described relations between his country and Sudan as "advanced". He further added that the two countries are working in full coordination on common issues and regional issues through the IGAD.

Regarding the issue of the Renaissance Dam, he announced that a meeting would be held next week at the technical level of the ministers of the two countries and Egypt.

On the situation in South Sudan, he said efforts continue to resolve the armed conflict between rival factions through the IGAD, pointing to the contacts he and the Sudanese president are conducting with the South Sudanese leaders to enforce the peace agreement to prevent the collapse of the South Sudan.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

A shattered hope: Revisiting the horrors of Juba’s massacre 2018-02-24 19:52:46 By Duop Chak Wuol Sometimes it is better to immerse yourself in other’s experiences to get an understanding of your own imagination. It is not rational to conclude that what you imagine is (...)

“The Nile: Shared River, Collective Action” 2018-02-22 08:06:26 By Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele Ethiopia is hosting the 2018 Regional Nile Day Celebration in commemoration of the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on February 22, 1999 in Dar es (...)

James Dak’s case:: Why death sentence should be canceled 2018-02-19 14:27:34 By Peter Gai Manyuon On Monday 12th of February 2018, a South Sudan court in Juba sentenced James Gatdet Dak to death by hanging, citing several provisions in the constitution as the basis upon (...)


Latest Press Releases

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)

South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.