Sudan recalls envoy to Ethiopia as tensions high

KHARTOUM (AFP) – Sudan yesterday recalled its ambassador to Ethiopia, the Foreign Ministry said, as tensions between the two countries run high over a border region and Addis Ababa’s controversial Blue Nile dam.

“Sudan recalled its ambassador to Addis Ababa for consultations over Sudanese-Ethiopian relations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mansour Boulad told AFP.

He said the envoy would return to his post after the “completion of consultations”, without elaborating on the nature of the discussions.

Khartoum’s move comes amid rising tensions with Addis Ababa over the Al-Fashaqa border region, where Ethiopian farmers cultivate fertile land claimed by Sudan.

The two neighbouring countries have been trading accusations of violence in the area and territorial violations.

Last Sunday, Khartoum claimed that Ethiopia allowed its troops to enter Sudanese territory in an act of “aggression” and “regrettable escalation”.