Thu, 17 Dec 2020 - 06:37 GMT
Sudanese soldiers driving an army vehicle in the capital Khartoum - Reuters
CAIRO – 17 December 2020: Egypt has extended its condolences to Sudan over the death of military troops and the injury of others, in a cross-border attack on Tuesday in the al-Qadarif province, affirming Sudan’s “right to practice its sovereignty on its own territory”.
Sudan’s armed forces accuse “Ethiopian forces and militias” of carrying out the attack, after ambushing its forces during a security patrol of the border region.
The incident took place when the Sudanese forces were returning from a sweep of the Abu Tyour area, along the border with Ethiopia.
“Egypt affirms its full solidarity with brotherly Sudan and its right to preserve its security and practice its sovereignty on its own territory,” a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Thursday read.
Egypt also affirms its “condemnation of these unjustifiable aggressions” and “is following up, with further concerns, the dangerous developments in the field and their impact on the security situation in the region,” the statement said.
Egypt “stresses the need to take all possible measures to prevent such events against the brotherly Sudan from happening again in the future,” the statement added.
Accusing Ethiopia, the Sudanese army said: “during the return of our forces from combing the area around Jabal Abutiour inside our territory, they were ambushed by Ethiopian forces and militias inside Sudanese territory, as a result of which lives and equipment were lost.”