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Ethiopia’s Ahmed hosts Djibouti and Sudanese presidents

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Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and his Djiboutian counterpart Omar Guelleh Saturday joined Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed in the inauguration of a medical facility in Oromia region.

According to state broadcaster Fana, the three leaders were set to visit development projects in the city.

This is Bashir’s second state visit to Ethiopia after a similar one in May.

The tripartite meeting mirrors a similar one led by Ahmed which includes Somalia’s Mohamed Farmaajo and his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki. Djibouti is yet to resolve its disputes with Eritrea which include a border row over the Dumeira Island and the prisoners of war.

Djibouti sought the intervention of the UN Security Council last month to facilitate both parties submit their boundary row to a third party including the International Court of Justice following what it termed as ‘exhaustion of all other options’.

Both Sudan and Eritrea have had decades running battles over the so-called Eastern Front Rebels which had been waging war against the Khartoum government supposedly under support from Eritrea.