Sudan, Ethiopia to deploy joint force along border



Force to be tasked with combating terrorism, rebel activity, illegal migration and human trafficking

By Mohammed Amin

KHARTOUM–Sudan and Ethiopia agreed to deploy a joint force along their common border during a Thursday meeting held in capital Khartoum attended by the military chiefs-of-staff of both countries.

Sudanese Military Chief-of-Staff Kamal Abdul-Maarouf told reporters after the meeting that the joint force would be tasked with “fighting terrorism, preventing rebel groups from crossing the border and combating illegal migration and human trafficking”.

His Ethiopian counterpart, Seare Mekonen, for his part, said that stepped-up coordination along the shared border would contribute to regional peace and security.

“These troops will bolster border security and help stabilize the entire region,” he said.

In recent years, the Sudan-Ethiopia border has seen sporadic skirmishes involving rebel groups, human traffickers and local security forces.

Parts of the border have yet to be officially demarcated, although a joint demarcation committee was given the task in 2015.



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