Sudan has announced the suspension of its participation in mediation efforts led by IGAD, a coalition of East African nations working to facilitate discussions between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary force engaged in prolonged conflict.
This decision was communicated by the foreign ministry on Tuesday.
IGAD had extended an offer to mediate talks between the leaders of the Sudanese army and the Rapid Forces (RSF), with both parties initially agreeing to the proposal.
However, the foreign ministry revealed in a statement that Sudan’s involvement with IGAD was temporarily halted.
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This action was taken following IGAD’s inclusion of Sudan in the agenda of an upcoming meeting scheduled for January 18 in Kampala, Uganda.
Additionally, the regional group invited RSF leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, widely known as Hemedti, to participate in the meeting.
Hemedti, who recently emerged from a period of concealment, has been touring various African countries and engaging with Sudanese pro-democracy political figures.
The conflict in Sudan, ignited in mid-April over a proposed political transition away from military rule, has led to a severe humanitarian crisis.
The capital, Khartoum, has been significantly affected, and the situation has triggered ethnically motivated violence in Darfur.