Khartoum, Apr. 30 (SUNA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press statement denouncing the statements of Ethiopian officials about the waters of the Nile and border agreements signed between the two countries.

The Foreign Ministry noted in the press statement that it follows with great regret the repeated address of the Ethiopian officials that Sudan is working to bind Ethiopia with which it calls "colonial agreements" on the waters of the Nile and border agreements between the two countries.

The statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that the established norms in international relations is the commitment of states and governments to international agreements and treaties signed by the regimes and previous governments.

The statement indicated the abandoning of the international agreements and treaties by launching press statements and the mobilization of the local public opinion against them for local political reasons is an irresponsible measure that poisons the climate of international relations and makes it vulnerable to individual wills, spread chaos and undermines the foundations of good neighborliness on which Sudanese-Ethiopian relations were founded for centuries.

The statement asserted that the Ethiopian claim that the relevant agreements are an insignificant colonial legacy is an explicit fallacy of historical facts, indicating that Ethiopia was an independent, sovereign state and a member of the international community at the time of the conclusion of those agreements, while Sudan was subject to bilateral colonialism.

The statement indicated “We would like to draw the attention of our neighbor Ethiopia to the fact that such selective disavowal of international agreements for propaganda and domestic political reasons is a harmful and costly approach that does not help to reach a negotiated agreement acceptable to all parties.

The statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed: “We also do not need to remind Ethiopia that the irrational complacency in using such misleading claims and disavowing previous agreements also means compromising the Ethiopian sovereignty over the (Benishangul) region, over which sovereignty was transferred from Sudan under some of these agreements in particular.

The statement noted that the introduction of other issues into the discussion other than the subject of negotiation, which is the filling and operating of the Renaissance Dam, is not productive and has no aim other than to continue obstructing negotiations in pursuit of imposing de facto policies that do not serve the issues of good neighborliness, the security and stability of the region and the continent.

The statement concluded that it is better for Ethiopia's interests and options for its present, and the future prosperity of all the countries and peoples of the related region to count on joint work based on common interests, and not to spend its attempts to escape from its internal problems by creating enmities that it creates with Sudan or other countries of the continent, and to work with Sudan. And others, to agree on the legal frameworks that establish these interests and ensure their sustainability.


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