What Happened: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has begun crisis mediation talks between Sudan's Transitional Military Council and members of the country's civilian opposition in Khartoum following the recent massacre of protesters, Reuters reported June 7.
Why It Matters: Ethiopia is obviously concerned about the situation unfolding in neighboring Sudan. Instability in its neighbor could have dire consequences for Addis Ababa and the greater Horn of Africa region in terms of weapons and refugee flows. During his time in Khartoum, Ahmed will undoubtedly try to defuse the crisis and reinstate a sense of order in Sudan's political transition.
Background: In the wake of the deaths of as many as 200 civilians at a Khartoum sit-in earlier in the week led to a breakdown in talks between Sudan's military and civilian leaders about the country's political future following President Omar al Bashir's ouster in April. The United Nations has reportedly evacuated all nonessential staff and dependents of international staff in the country, underscoring how precarious the situation has become.
- Sudan: A Bloody Crackdown Sidelines Transitional Talks (June 3, 2019)
- After Decades in the Dark, Sudan May Soon Be Open for Business (May 20, 2019)
- Sudan: Post-Coup Realities Drive the Military and Civilians Together (April 29, 2019)