Sudanese junta leader Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed reached consensus Tuesday on a peaceful settlement of disagreements.
This came as leaders met for the first time since the dispute between two countries over outstanding issues began a few weeks ago.
The two leaders met in Nairobi during the 39th Heads of State Summit for Igad members, which was attended by just four heads of state from the eight member states. Other leaders present included Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Djibouti’s Ismail Omar Guelleh.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir was represented by Vice President James Wanni, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni was represented by Defense Minister Vincent Ssempijja, while Somalia’s Hassan Mohamud was represented by the Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohammed.
At the end of the summit, and after a separate meeting with General al-Burhan on the sidelines of the summit, Prime Minister Abiy tweeted that both had reached a consensus that their “countries have many elements of cooperation that they can work on peacefully.”
“We are both committed to dialogue and to the peaceful resolution of [our] outstanding issues,” he wrote.
In recent weeks, we have the two countries are threatening each other.
The conflict began last month when Sudan accused the Ethiopian military of capturing its troops en and killed, a claim Addis has since denied the soldiers killed were by a “l local militia” rather than Ethiopian forces.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development Summit ( Igad) had the “peace and security situation in the region” high on the agenda of the closed meeting.
Gen al-Burhan, who chaired the meeting, said it had “become a crucial one The moment when our home is besieged by a wide range of challenges and threats, both internal and external.”
“Peace and security are the basis for prosperity, development and regional integration. Therefore, conflict is the single greatest threat to our success as states and societies,” he added.
President Kenyatta said that despite the conflicts that have ravaged the region, “we see a commitment to a peaceful resolution, ‘ and called on leaders to work together ‘to address the multiple crises we face.’
With the Head of State, the Igad states discussed and decided on issues that are relevant to maintaining peace and security in the region.
While the summit played a role in brokering peace and dialogue between Khartoum and Addis Ababa, a number of conflicts in the region remain unresolved, and the leaders underscored “the need to collectively and diplomatically address national, political and security-related issues that have greater implications for the Igad region.”