Sudan, South Sudan deny supporting Tigray forces in Ethiopia

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, left, and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit meet in the capital city of Juba, South Sudan (AFP)

NAIROBI, Kenya - Sudan and South Sudan have jointly denied supporting Tigray Defense Forces [TDF], who have been at loggerheads with Ethiopia National Defense Forces [ENDF] for over 13 months.

One of Ethiopia's state broadcasters claimed last week that Khartoum and Juba had hands in the ongoing conflict, which has almost broken Ethiopia. The state broadcaster, however, did not give a detailed report on the same.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Ethiopia to “stop accusing Sudan of taking aggressive stances and practices that are not supported by evidence on the ground.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sudan insisted that Sudan's forces fully control its borders with Ethiopia and “has never, and will never allow” to use it for attacks against the Ethiopian army.

Relations between Sudan and Ethiopia are strained due to their dispute over the Fashaga border area. Sudanese army regularly clashes with the Ethiopian government-backed Amhara militiamen or its army, The Sudan Tribune reports.

Before the clarification, the South Sudanese government had reacted to similar accusations by the Ethiopian government-controlled media.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Friday, Michael Makuei Lueth Minister of Information dismissed allegations that South Sudan provided military logistics to the TPLF rebels.

Makuei recalled that Addis Ababa supported the South Sudanese in their struggle for independence stressing that they would never support the Tigray’s rebels to overthrow the government.

“However, if there are individuals who may be selling arms then these are the individuals who might be in possession of their own firearms. They are doing it at their own risk,” he said.

“If the Ethiopian government can get hold of those people then they should be brought to books,” he added.


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