By Elias Gebreselassie

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday hailed the Sudanese government and people for overseeing political change in Sudan.  

In a press statement, the Office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, said Ethiopia appreciates the largely peaceful change happening in Sudan.

“I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the people of Sudan for your resilience in leading change within your country. I also appreciate you for being committed to engaging peacefully in this process” said the statement.

“I would also like to express my admiration of the military council overseeing the transition, for its efforts in heeding the call of the Sudanese people” further said the statement.

The Ethiopian PM also said the initiative to hold inclusive discussions with competing political parties in Sudan needs to be supported, to avoid any divisions in Sudan during a time of transition.

“The initiative to hold inclusive discussions with competing political parties in Sudan is noteworthy. I believe it’s a critical time to work together towards one united Sudan without any room for internal divisions” said the PM’s statement.

Ethiopia which neighbors Sudan in its western border, has forged closer economic and political ties with Sudan in recent years.

Ethiopia and Sudan have in recent years collaborated in issues relating the usage of the Nile river basin waters as well as various regional and continental economic integration projects.

The Sudanese army ousted and detained former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday in response to four months of nationwide protests against his three-decade rule.

The army has formed a Transitional Military Council (TMC) and on Saturday the army said that a civilian government will soon be formed based on national consensus.

The army has said the TMC is committed to a two year transitional period after which power will be handed to the civilian government formed by the people.