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Kiir, El-Sisi pursuing ‘antidotes’ for Sudan showdown

By William Madouk

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi are relentlessly pursuing remedies to the showdown between Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The two governments on Tuesday interchanged delegations to deliver special messages aimed at consolidating efforts to contain the crisis in Sudan.

Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak jetted to Cairo delivering president Kiir’s letter to El-Sisi while Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister landed Juba to submitted president El-Sisi’s message.

Speaking in a joint conference, acting minister of Foreign Affairs Deng Dau said president Kiir is dedicated to make sure that peace prevails in neighboring restive Sudan.

“President Kiir is committed to seeing into it that the war in Sudan is brought to an end through a peaceful political settlement,” Dau said.

He added President Kiir and Sisi have full determination to contain the situation and relieve the difficulties the Sudanese people are going through.

Whereas, the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shoukry stated that his visit to Juba is aimed at consolidating efforts and exchanging views on how to contain the crisis in the Sudan.

“This meeting is a follow up to the conversation Presidents, Sisi and Kiir had on the dramatic situation in Sudan a few days ago,” Shoukry said.

El-Sisi’s spokesman, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, disclosed that Mr. Gatluak gave President Kiir’s letter to El-Sisi on ways to strengthen the distinguished bilateral relations between the two fraternal countries.

According to him, the letter also entailed latest developments in Sudan, and exerted efforts to resolve the crisis in order to safeguard the safety and security in sisterly country of Sudan.

Mr. Fahmy cited that during the meeting, president El-Sisi and advisor Gatluak discussed the severe challenges facing Sudan such as the ‘dire’ humanitarian situation, security and political matters.

He added that Sudanese warring parties were encouraged to keep the truce to pave way towards a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire to allow delivery of humanitarian assistance and a useful dialogue to resolve differences and settle the crisis.

“Thus, completing the transitional path and political process in a way that preserves the unity and cohesion of the State, fulfils the aspirations of the Sudanese people and safeguards their supreme interests,” Fahmy continued.

On Monday, Sudan’s Chairperson of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said Khartoum is still committed to the IGAD peace initiatives regardless of the ongoing talks in Saudi Arabia

Members of the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces met over the Weekend in Saudi Arabia in the first in-person talks.

Earlier, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) agreed to send South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, Kenya’s William Ruto, and Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti to help mediate a ceasefire in Sudan.

Mr. Dafallah Al-Haj, the Special Envoy to Abdel Fattah al-Burhan while delivering message to Kiir said they did not sideline IGAD peace initiative.

“We will never sideline IGAD, especially after assigning and entrusting President Salva Kiir to be head of this mission,” Al-Haj said.



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