(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KHARTOUM, July 11 (KUNA) -- The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted angrily on Tuesday to the call of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for deployment of Eastern African forces in Sudan to protect civilians.
Sudan will consider such forces as aggressors, according to a press release from the Ministry.
It blasted the communique of the first meeting of the IGAD Quartet Group on Sudan, held yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the subsequent press remarks by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Kenyan President William Ruto.
The hostile remarks on the so-called political vacuum in Sudan signaled their (the Ethiopian and Kenyan leaders') non-recognition of the incumbent leadership of Sudan, the statement pointed out.
During their meeting under the chairmanship of Kenyan president, heads of state and government of the IGAD Quartet Group of Countries discussed implementation of the IGAD Roadmap for peace in Sudan.
The raging battles between the Sudanese army and the rebel Rapid Support Forces since April 15 had claimed nearly 3,000 lives and wounded 6,000 others in addition to three million refugees and internally displaced people. (end)
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