Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has announced that a recent arms shipment to Sudan was legal.
The airline said on Monday it was responding to “false” news from the Sudanese state. the SUNA news agency.
According to SUNA, the Sudanese authorities seized a shipment of weapons at Khartoum airport on Saturday after it had arrived from neighboring Ethiopia.
The media reported that the passenger Ethiopian Airlines flight came from Addis Ababa.
The delivery of 72 boxes with weapons and night vision binoculars was immediately confiscated by the Sudanese customs authorities.
“Without warning the authorities in Addis Ababa allowed the shipment to Khartoum on a passenger flight. There is a suspicion that these weapons should be used in crimes against the state in order to hinder the democratic transition and prevent the transition to a civil state, “reported the SUNA, citing the Sudanese authorities. < / p>
But Ethiopian Airlines is now saying that the arms shipment was legal and that all items were delivered with the correct accompanying documents from the sender and recipient t.
“Since we received clearance from the Ethiopian security authorities after completing the proper verification process, we shipped them to the recipient in Sudan,” the airline said today.
“We have all the documents to prove the legitimacy of the shipment, including a letter from the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” she added.
Regarding a shipment of hunting weapons, Ethiopian Airlines noted that the recipient was Ethiopian Airlines in a Sudanese court and forced the carrier to either deliver them or to pay nearly $ 250,000 in compensation. The Sudanese media had quoted a member of the country’s cutting committee as saying that “the guns are in May 2019 arrived in Ethiopia from Russia “. . “
However, Ethiopian Airlines refuted this, stating that the hunting weapons were kept for some time by the Ethiopian authorities in Addis Ababa until they were checked before they were flown to Khartoum.
The Incident takes place amid mounting tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia.
The Countries Relations have deteriorated due to the controversial mega-dam in Ethiopia and a longstanding border dispute.
Sudan has a long territorial dispute with Ethiopia over the 750 km long common border, most of the borders are not clearly marked on the ground. The task of demarcation of the disputed border has not succeeded despite long efforts on both sides.