Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — On Tuesday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held talks with Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Interim Sovereignty Council in Sudan, on the sidelines of the IGAD summit in the Kenyan capital. , Nairobi.
According to the Ethiopian News Agency, the two leaders discussed border issues as well as regional and bilateral issues, and Ahmed said, “There are many common things between the people of Ethiopia and Sudan, and they will work together. Solve their problems peacefully.”
“Both countries should strengthen their ties by resolving their issues through dialogue,” he said, adding, “Work should be done to benefit the people of both countries, who have a long history of mutual benefit.”
In Sudan, Sudan News Agency reported that Al-Burhan and the Ethiopian Prime Minister affirmed their “desire to resolve the controversial and outstanding issues between Sudan and Ethiopia through peaceful means and dialogue.”
After the meeting, Al-Burhan said in a statement that “disputes between African countries must be resolved within the framework of the African House and in amicable ways.”
Notably, last month, the Sudanese Armed Forces accused the Ethiopian army of executing 7 Sudanese soldiers, in addition to a Sudanese citizen “who were held captive.”
The Sudanese Armed Forces said in a statement that “this level of treachery will not go unanswered and it will respond appropriately to this cowardly behavior.”