On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proposed mediating a solution to the Sudan-Ethiopia border dispute. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed traveled to Ankara for a one-day official working visit, during which he met with President Erdoğan. Officials from both countries also signed a series of agreements, including those within a military and financial framework.
Following the signing ceremony, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized the importance of stability in Ethiopia and offered to mediate a solution to the Tigray conflict and Sudanese border tensions. He emphasized that the continuation of the armed conflict in Ethiopia’s northern region will have an impact on the entire region, before adding that Turkey is willing to help find a solution to the issue in Tigray.
In addition, the Turkish President noted the present tensions with Sudan over the al-Fashaga region, stating that Ankara is willing to mediate a peaceful solution to the border dispute. “I have already raised the issue with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of Sudan,” added Erdogan, referring to the recent three-day visit of the head of the Transitional Sovereign Council to Ankara.
Ethiopia claimed sovereignty of the al-Fashaga border territory earlier this year and requested for discussions to demarcate the two countries’ border. Sudan, in response, denied the claim and demanded that border markers be placed in accordance with earlier agreements established in 1902, 1903, and 1975.