<br /></p>                  <p>KHARTOUM (AA) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday discussed plans to establish a joint force tasked with protecting the two countries’ shared border.</p>  <p>The two leaders met on the sidelines of the 32nd African Union Summit currently underway in Addis Ababa.</p>  <p>According to a subsequent statement released by al-Bashir’s office, the two men discussed plans to create a joint border committee, officially demarcate the common border, and draw up a joint border-protection force.</p>  <p>They also reportedly stressed the importance of strengthening economic ties between Sudan and Ethiopia.</p>  <p>Last summer, both countries agreed to deploy a joint force along the shared border, which continues to see sporadic skirmishes involving rebel groups, human traffickers and local security forces. </p>  <p>Although a joint committee was set up in 2015 to determine the Sudan-Ethiopia frontier, several stretches of the shared border have yet to be formally demarcated.

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