The Ethiopian army chief has denied accusations that Ethiopian forces killed Sudanese soldiers at the border between the two countries, the US-based pro-government ESAT TV reported.

Gen Birhanu Jula said there was no reason to attack Sudan and that the country was “not in a position” to carry out such attacks as it was fighting the rebels in the north.

The two countries have been having a border dispute and ongoing disagreements over the shared waters of the Nile River.

The army chief said he hoped the issues could be resolved peacefully through dialogue.

Sudanese media had claimed that Ethiopian forces killed dozens of Sudanese soldiers in a disputed border area.

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