Bashir orders reopening of Sudan border with Eritrea

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday announced the reopening of his country's eastern border with Eritrea, which has been shut since last year. Bashir ordered the frontier closed in January 2018 after he announced a state

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday announced the reopening of his country’s eastern border with Eritrea, which has been shut since last year.

Bashir ordered the frontier closed in January 2018 after he announced a state of emergency in the eastern region of Kassala to fight arms and people smuggling.

“I announce from Kassala the opening of the border with Eritrea,” Bashir said on Thursday at a televised rally of loyalists in the regional capital near the frontier.

“Politics can divide us but still they (Eritreans) are our brothers and relatives,” he said, without giving more details on the decision.

The closing of the border last year was part of a government campaign to disarm organised people smuggling gangs that Khartoum has blamed for the transit of migrants from the Horn of Africa towards Europe.

Bashir’s address to the rally in Kassala came as he remains defiant in the face of nationwide protests against his three-decade rule that have rocked Sudan for weeks.

AFP

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  • Danilo February 3, 2019

    Bashir order to reopening the border is good. Beshir’s speech was also a call what Dr Abie did ” brothers hood ” however, if this two leaders want peace they have to support people’s desire but not their interest of power. Therfore, hopefully, Sudan give access of all means. ያ-ኣኽዋን! Lets be as traditionally brothers respecting each other. In fact, Isayas is the enemy of Eritrea, Sudan including Ethiopia. One thing finally could say is support the honest people of Eritrea.

    • ABEL February 3, 2019

      Sudan, Ethiopia and who else are all your enemies, who are your friends then?

      • k.tewolde February 4, 2019

        ABEL,where is your brother KAEL? if you can answer the question,the rest will be revealed to you.

        • Tsehaye February 4, 2019

          K.T, a new village comedian in town, when did you become a professor of clowns? Once a clown village comedian always the same old …………….
          Unless you are the new Assenna’s moderator don’t get involved in none of your damn business. and let Danilo and Abel continue their mini-debate.

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