The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Sudan Today, Tuesday, there is a “freeze in dealings” with the Intergovernmental Authority for Development in East Africa (IGAD) Because of what it described as violations committed by the organization, which invited the leader of the Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as “Hemedti,” to attend its summit.
According to a statement issued today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Al-Sadiq, informed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti, Mahmoud Ali Youssef, who chairs the IGAD Ministerial Council, given that his country is the chair of the current IGAD session, of the decision of the Government of Sudan to stop engaging and freeze dealing with (IGAD) regarding… File of the current crisis in Sudan.
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry attributed its decision to what it said were transgressions committed by the organization by including the situation in Sudan on the agenda of the 42nd Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of IGAD, scheduled to be held in Uganda on January 18, 2024, without consulting Sudan.
The ministry said that it informed IGAD of its objection to “the militia leader’s invitation to attend the location of the emergency summit in Kampala, in a dangerous precedent in the history of IGAD and regional and international organizations, which Sudan considers a violation of its sovereignty as well as a serious violation of the IGAD charters and the rules governing the work of international and regional organizations.” “.
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The Sudanese Foreign Ministry's objection concerns the Rapid Support Commander Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo whose forces have been waging a war against the Sudanese army since mid-April 2023, leaving more than 12,000 dead and more than 7 million displaced and refugees, according to the United Nations.
Hemedti was part of the Sudanese authority, as he was vice-president of the Sovereignty Council, which is headed by the army commander Abdel Fattah Al-BurhanHowever, the two sides entered into a sharp dispute over a plan for a political transition away from military rule, and matters related to the integration of the Rapid Support Forces into the army, and the matter developed into a devastating civil war.
According to Reuters news agency, IGAD recently offered to mediate between the commanders of the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces in ways that include hosting a meeting, which the two sides agreed to in mid-December.
Three days ago, the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan announced that it had received an invitation from IGAD to attend the Uganda summit on Sudan and Somalia. The Council considered, in a statement, that there is no need to hold a summit to discuss Sudan, before implementing the outcomes of the previous summit in Djibouti.
As for Hemedti, he announced – through his account on the X platform – that he accepted IGAD’s invitation to attend the Uganda summit.
After disappearing from sight for months, Hemedti recently appeared and toured a tour that included visiting several African countries and meeting with Sudanese political figures.
It is worth noting that IGAD is a sub-regional African governmental organization, founded in 1996, with its headquarters in Djibouti, and includes countries from East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan.