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Will Sudan-Ethiopia border conflict affect GERD talks?

Border tensions have escalated between Sudan and Ethiopia in the past few days, coupled with Ethiopian threats to Sudan if it does not respond to peaceful solutions, which has triggered questions about the impact of such developments on the GERD issue.

CAIRO — Ethiopian Ambassador to Sudan Yibeltal Aemero warned that his country would take the necessary measures if Sudan does not respond to calls for a peaceful and friendly solution to the border dispute between the two countries in al-Fashqa region. Speaking to Ethiopia’s official state television on Feb. 4, Aemero accused Sudan of violating and attacking Ethiopian territories.

Aemero’s statement came after the Sovereignty Council of Sudan asserted in a press statement Feb. 1 that it will not relinquish any part of the Sudanese territories on the borders with Ethiopia, stressing that Sudan believes in a peaceful solution with Ethiopia and that the war option is not on the table.

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