KHARTOUM, Sudan 

The East African nations of Sudan and Eritrea on Friday agreed to continue cooperation on international and regional issues.

According to the official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA), Foreign Minister Omer Gamar-Eddin, upon returning from Eritrea, said talks with Eritrean President Afewerki dealt with issues relating to the regional situation, volatile borders, and displaced people and refugees due to violence in neighboring Ethiopia.

Describing the visit to Eritrea as successful, Gamar-Eddin said the two sides exchanged views on strategic issues between the two countries as well as the region, according to SUNA.

In December 2020, Sudan took control of its entire border with Ethiopia.

For 26 years, Ethiopian gangs have been accused of seizing Sudanese farmers’ lands in the border region of al-Fashqa after expelling them by force. Sudan also accuses the Ethiopian army of supporting these gangs, something Addis Ababa denies.

*Bassel Barakat in Ankara contributed to this report

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