The commander of the Sudanese army and the head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, welcomed any external support in favor of the reconstruction of Sudan, but stressed not to accept any "dictations", while ordering the opening of the border crossings with Eritrea.
Al-Burhan inspected an infantry division in the Sinkat region in the Red Sea state, in the east of the country, on Saturday, accompanied by the commander of the Red Sea Military Region, according to a statement by the Sovereignty Council.
Al-Burhan said that he welcomes "any support from brotherly and friendly countries that contributes to the development of the homeland and reconstruction," stressing that "any dictates will not be accepted."
Al-Burhan stressed in a speech to the officers and soldiers that “the armed forces and the people agree on defeating the rebellion,” stressing “the need to redouble the effort by the military institutes to ensure its increase.”
Opening the border with Eritrea
On the other hand, Al-Burhan ordered, on Saturday, to open the border crossings with Eritrea, according to Sudanese TV.
Al-Burhan said during his visit to the state of Kassala in the east of the country: “We commend the relations with neighboring countries, especially Eritrea and Ethiopia, and for this reason we ordered the opening of the borders.”
Relations between the two countries witnessed severe tension in 2018, as the government of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir closed the common borders between the two countries and sent large military reinforcements to the border areas.
Khartoum then accused Asmara of amassing large forces near the border, harboring the opposition, and encouraging the smuggling of goods from Sudan.