Sudanese Army Delegation In Addis Ababa Boycotts Igad Meetings


(MENAFN- Daily News Egypt) The Sudanese army on Monday launched several air raids on the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) positions in the capital, Khartoum.

Eyewitnesses said the Sudanese Air Force conducted sporadic air strikes on RSF personnel near Tayba camp in southern Khartoum, in conjunction with intense reconnaissance flights.

Sudanese warplanes also carried out several raids on rapid support gatherings near the Sports City in the south of the capital.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese armed forces (SAF) delegation decided on Monday to boycott the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) four-way summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in protest against the Kenyan chairmanship of the meetings.

The IGAD includes the foreign ministers of Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Djibouti. The committee resulted from the OIC Summit, which Djibouti hosted in June.

The Sudanese military delegation accused Kenya of being an impartial party in the crisis, confirming that it will leave Addis Ababa if Kenya insists on chairing the IGAD Committee.

Meanwhile, Egypt is preparing to host a conference of Sudan's neighboring countries in mid-July to defuse the crisis in Sudan. Several countries, including Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic, have confirmed their participation in the summit.

Egypt seeks to end the current conflict and its negative repercussions on neighbouring countries and to establish effective mechanisms, with the participation of neighbouring countries, to settle the crisis in Sudan peacefully.

This is in coordination with other regional and international tracks, to settle the crisis.

“This comes at a time when the USA announced the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee to Addis Ababa. The US Department of State called on the parties to the conflict in Sudan to end the fighting and return to the barracks, and stressed the need to prevent any external intervention in Sudan, considering that there is no military solution to the conflict.

The Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki criticized the IGAD Committee during his meeting with the Vice-President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, stressing that the proposed initiatives are political auctions that cannot be participated in.

The United Nations (UN) warned that Sudan was“on the verge of an all-out civil war” and could destabilize the entire region.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that“the ongoing war between the armed forces has pushed Sudan to the brink of an all-out civil war that could destabilize the entire region.”

Guterres expressed his“concern over reports of renewed fighting in the states of North Kordofan, South Kordofan and Blue Nile,” the statement said.

He denounced“total disregard for humanitarian and human rights law” and renewed his call for a cessation of hostilities and“a permanent cessation of hostilities.”

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