Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Thursday his country is reopening its border with Eritrea, which was closed for about a year.
Sudan closed its border at the beginning of January 2018, after Bashir announced a six-month emergency in the Kassal and North Kurdufan regions to help combat arms and food.
"I will tell Kassaly that we are opening the border with Eritrea because they are our brothers and our people." Politics does not share us, "Bashir said in television notes to dozens of supporters in the city of Kassala, near the border in eastern Sudan.
As Bashir spoke in a distant city, an association of experts in Sudan, an association that led calls for demonstrations against his government, on Thursday afternoon, called for new protests in several Sudanese cities.
Since 19 December, Sudan has been deeply rooted in anti-government protests in which lawyers say at least 45 people have been killed. The government gives the number of victims for 30 years.
Bashir struck Kassale's defiant tone of protests on Thursday.
"Changing the government and changing the president will not be through WhatsApp or Facebook, but it will be through the polling box," he said. "This is our promise and commitment to the Sudanese people … The decision is your right, the masses of the Sudanese people."