Sudan has offered to mediate in the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, according to Sudanese media reports published on Friday in Khartoum.
Khartoum has made this commitment on Thursday during a three-day official visit of Sudanese President Omar Al- Bashir at the invitation of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in the Eritrean capital Asmara.
Sudan’s ambassador to Asmara, Abdul Rahamn Sir Alkahtim quoted by the Sudanese press announced that President Bashir began indirect talks between the Eritrean head of state Issias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
The ambassador added, that the Sudanese president also suggested that both Eritrea’s and Ethiopia’s leader meet at a summit to be hosted by Khartoum at a later date.
“The Sudanese president has begun efforts to standardization historically strained relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea.”, the diplomat said.
Alkahtim, stressed that Sudan intends to do the necessary to bring both sides to the negotiating table so they can quickly find a compromise after years of hostilities and armed conflicts.
He also said that Sudan wants to use its friendly relations with the two countries to promote regional peace and security in a context of growing terrorist threats and other forms of instability.
Eritrea became an independent state in 1991 after a bloody war of independence with Ethiopia.