Sudan Army Head Orders Reopening Border Crossing With Eritrea
12:37 03.09.2023 (Updated: 11:04 04.09.2023)
© AP Photo / Marwan AliPresident of the Sudanese Transitional Council General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, left, greets Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki at the Khartoum airport in Khartoum
© AP Photo / Marwan Ali
The decision was announced by the chief of the Sudan Army during his visit to the state of Kassala in the eastern part of the country, days after his first trip abroad since the clashes began in April.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Sudanese military and chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council, has directed the reopening of checkpoints on the borders with Eritrea, Sudan's army announced in a statement.
Al-Burhan said that ties with Asmara in Eritrea as well as Addis Ababa in Ethiopia are of high importance to Sudan.
"We highly value our relations with neighboring nations, especially Eritrea and Ethiopia, and this is why we have decided to reopen our borders," he stated.
The statement added that the move to reopen the border posts was intended to ease the flow of people, enable commercial activities and the exchange of goods between the countries.
The army chief also touched on the military clashes in the North African country, reiterating his steadfast commitment to wage war against the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) until they are completely defeated.
In this vein, al-Burhan called on the armed forces to redouble efforts to train fighters and ensure the growth of this group.
Armed clashes between the RSF and the Sudanese army began on 15 April. A number of temporary nationwide ceasefires have since been declared by the warring parties, but none of them have contributed to a resolution of the conflict.
This week, al-Burhan visited Egypt to meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, which was his first foreign trip since the conflict broke out.
The Egyptian presidency noted that the meeting explored possible efforts to resolve the crisis in Sudan, and to maintain its sovereignty and cohesion.
More than 3.4 million people are internally displaced in Sudan, and more than a million have fled the country since the start of the conflict, according to the UN International Organization for Migration.