Home | News    Tuesday 24 November 2020

Hamdok, Merkel, Macron discuss Ethiopian crisis


Ethiopian who fled the fighting in Tigray region, carry their belongings from a boat after crossing the Setit river on the Sudan-Etthiopia border on 23 November 2020 (Reuters Photo)November 23, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, discussed the filling of the Renaissance Dam and influx of Ethiopian refugees with French President and German Chancellor.

Last Saturday, Sudan boycotted a meeting on the filling of the giant hydropower dam with Ethiopia and Egypt and reiterated its call for a new method of negotiation after eight years of fruitless talks.

Also, eastern Sudan border areas receive thousands of refugees per day fleeing the fighting between the Ethiopian army and the TPLF fighters in Tigray region. Over 45,000 are already in Sudan and the UN expects they will reach 100,000 in the coming days.

"In a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hamdok discussed the situation of the Ethiopian refugees who continue pouring into Sudan," said the cabinet in a statement released on Monday.

Hamdok and Merkel expressed their "deep concern about the humanitarian situation of the refugees and its expected aggravation with the onset of winter. They stressed the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards all Ethiopian refugees," further said the statement.

The German Chancellor thanked the government and the Sudanese people for welcoming the refugees and supporting them despite the economic conditions in the country.

The two parties, also, discussed a number of regional issues, including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

"They stressed the need to reach a fair agreement that takes into account the interests of the three countries, as it is the only way to solve this crisis," said the statement.

The European Union, particularly Germany and France, remains the main supporter of the civilian government in Sudan.

In a separate second statement, the Cabinet said that Hamdok spoke also with the French President Emmanuel Macron.

The two leaders expressed the need to reach an agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, "provided that it is fair and takes into account the interests of the three countries," said the cabinet.

The statement quoted Macron as confirming France’s participation in the process of assessing the needs of Ethiopian refugees.

?They also called for the international focus on the Ethiopian conflict which forces thousands of refugees to flee the country to Sudan.

The Ethiopian Prime declined regional efforts to mediate the crisis and vowed to crush the recalcitrant Tigran leaders.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

The language Yoweri Museveni of Uganda understands 2021-01-26 06:42:42 By Lul Gatkuoth Gatluak Date: January 20, 2021 The focus of this article is to denote the type of the transitional process, dictators like Yoweri Museveni understand and force them out from the (...)

Darfuris call for protection in vain 2021-01-21 06:45:46 By Mohamed Osman “It is the same as in the old days,” Adam Rojal, a coordinator in an internally displaced community in Sudan’s Darfur region told me recently, describing ongoing violence from (...)

Invisible female victims of armed militia attacks in Darfur 2021-01-08 15:19:56 By SIHA Network* On October 19th 2020, an armed group burned down the IDP camps of Oum Assal, Babanousa and Om Zegerat in Gerida locality. Gerida locality is composed of a number of villages (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.