Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the military leader of neighboring Sudan Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan have agreed to peacefully settle the long-running border dispute that has led to armed clashes.

The talks between the two leaders follow the recent flare-up in the volatile fertile border region of al-Fashaga claimed by both countries.

Sudan had accused Ethiopian forces of capturing and killing Sudanese troops there, a claim Ethiopia denied.

“We have both agreed that our two countries have plenty of collaborative elements to work on peacefully,” Mr. Abiy said in a Twitter post, accompanied by a picture of the two leaders.

“Our common bonds surpass any divisions. We both made a commitment for dialogue & peaceful resolution to outstanding issues,” he wrote.

Gen Burhan later said in a statement that the meeting had been “fruitful and extremely successful”.

The two leaders held talks on the sidelines of a meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad), a seven-country regional body, in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

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