Al-Hayat, London, October 23, 2008–Diplomatic elements in Khartoum, Sudan are reporting a “quiet crisis” in Sudan-Ethiopia relations, citing a number of reasons. While Sudan is enraged over the transfer of arms shipments from Ethiopia to the South Sudan army, Ethiopia is accusing Sudan of not preventing rebels from operating within its borders, of identifying with Somali Islamists, and of supporting its sworn rival Eritrea. Sudan Tribune has more…
ST–October 23, 2008 (KHARTOUM) –Sudanese security agents stormed the home of an Ethiopian diplomat in Khartoum and detained some of the attendees, a newspaper reported today.
The daily Al-Hayat newspaper published in London quoting unidentified diplomatic sources said that the incident happened this week at the home of the Ethiopian military attaché during a party he was holding.
Security officials justified their action as saying that some of the people in the party violated the laws because of liquor that was being served.
The diplomats said the incident is the latest of series of recently setbacks in Sudanese-Ethiopian relations. They further said that Khartoum is angry at Addis Ababa for allegedly supplying arms to the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS).
Earlier this month it was reported that an Ethiopian military plane arrived at Juba airport with weapons to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).
The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassadors of Ethiopia to protest the shipment. However the Ethiopian government said the weapons were for a military show.
The Ethiopian government is also reported to be dissatisfied with the close relations that between Eritrea, its main rival, and Sudan. Moreover some circles in Addis Ababa accuse Khartoum of backing Ethiopian Oromo rebels and Islamist militants in Somalia.
Last July Sudan’s army accused Ethiopian troops of attacking a military camp inside their borders killing 19 soldiers.