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Sudan officially announces its position on the mediation of Turkey

The Sudanese government has indicated that it welcomes an initiative presented by Turkey to overcome the military-political crisis between Sudan and Ethiopia.
The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a “public opinion report”, which was read by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, in which it said: “We are working to strengthen historical relations with Turkey and expand cooperation horizons. The visit of the President of the Sovereign Council (Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan) to Turkey was successful, and relations were placed in Its correct framework, during which a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed.
The report added: “Sudan welcomed Turkey’s mediation to find a solution to the border crisis between Sudan and Ethiopia.”
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that the bilateral relations between Sudan and Ethiopia “are currently witnessing tension against the background of the two issues of the Ethiopian allegations in the lands of the Sudanese Al-Fashqa area, as well as because of its intransigence regarding the conclusion of a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of the Renaissance Dam,” and added: “In both of these issues, the Sudan is assured of the integrity of its position.
Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed his country’s readiness to play a mediating role in settling the border crisis between Sudan and Ethiopia, after Addis Ababa sent a request to Ankara since February.
The border conflict lands between Sudan and Ethiopia are divided into 3 regions, namely, the Lesser Fashqa, the Greater Fashqa, and the southern regions, with an area of ​​about two million acres and located between 3 rivers, namely Setit, Atbara and Baslam, which makes them highly fertile.
Al-Fashqa extends for a distance of 168 km with the Ethiopian border out of the total border distance of Gedaref State with Ethiopia, which is about 265 km.
As a result of military operations, Sudan regained 92% of this fertile land, months ago, for the first time in 25 years, after the Sudanese army withdrew from it after the attempted assassination of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa in 1995, which Sudan was accused of committing.
On August 16, Al-Burhan said that his country will recover seven border sites with Ethiopia through diplomacy, not force.

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