Eritrea accuses Sudan and Ethiopia of conspiracy

Wednesday May 16 2018

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (L) with

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (L) with Sudanese President Omar Bashir in Khartoum on May 2, 2018. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ARGAW ASHINE
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The Eritrean government has accused Sudan and Ethiopia of plotting to overthrow President Isaias Afeworki, who has been in power since 1991.

According to a Ministry of Information statement, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir had agreed to support Eritrean armed rebels following the former's visit to Khartoum early this month.

"Both governments have agreed to provide these groups with material support inside their respective borders as well as to extend to them requisite facilities for enhancing their free and unhindered, cross-border, movements in the two countries," the statement reads.

Military officers

The statement claimed that part of the financial and logistical support was provided by Qatar.

Sudan and Ethiopia, it said further, have assigned senior military officers to coordinate the operation of an unnamed Qatari-funded jihadist group based in Khartoum.

Addis Ababa and Khartoum early this month agreed to deploy military forces to protect their respective borders and to guard the controversial Gra