Shoukry discusses coordination between Egypt and Chad on Sudan crisis

Ahram Online , Monday 8 May 2023

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry delivered a message from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to his Chadian counterpart, President Idriss Déby, on Monday that discussed coordination between Egypt and Chad regarding the ongoing development in Sudan, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.

Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in his meeting with Chadian President Idriss D by on Monday i
Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in his meeting with Chadian President Idriss D by on Monday in N Djamena , Chad. Photo : Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

The message also discussed the role of Chad and neighbouring countries in supporting efforts to stop the fighting, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry.  

It also discussed the humanitarian crisis the Sudanese people face due to the ongoing fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Shoukry is visiting Chad to discuss the developments in Sudan and the impact of the conflict there on neighbouring countries.

He will also be visiting South Sudan for the same reasons.  

The foreign minister reviewed Egypt's political efforts to resolve the crisis early on, and its direct communication with the conflicting parties to encourage them to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and engage in dialogue.

Shoukry also explained that Egypt had received over 60,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Sudan, highlighting the immense human suffering inflicted on the Sudanese due to this conflict.

He added that continuous and extensive consultation and greater coordination were necessary to achieve a peaceful settlement in Sudan.

Egypt, Sudan’s northern neighbour, has been pushing for a ceasefire to the conflict between the SAF and RSF since mid-April.

It has also welcomed the start of initial talks between representatives of the two conflicting sides on Saturday – the first since the conflict occurred – in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, the Chadian president expressed his great appreciation for President Sisi's initiative to send the foreign minister to Chad at a time when the Sudanese people are facing serious security and political challenges.

Chad looks forward to coordinating with Egypt to encourage the Sudanese parties to achieve a sustainable, comprehensive ceasefire that allows delivering humanitarian aid, and prepares the ground for constructive dialogue to resolve disputes between the Sudanese parties, the Egyptian foreign ministry quoted President Déby as saying.

According to the UN Refugees Agency, “UNHCR”, 25,994 Sudanese have crossed the borders to Chad since the beginning of the conflict in mid-April.

Chad already hosts a lot of Sudanese refugees who fled during past conflicts. The UNHCR estimates that 580,000 refugees, who fled conflicts in neighbouring Sudan, currently reside in Chad. 

Besides the challenges posed by a new influx of refugees from Sudan, Chad fears the Sudanese conflict will cause tribal tensions as many tribes extend between Chad and Sudan.

The RSF commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo's tribe of Rizeigat is a case in point.  

In the early days of the conflict, in mid-April, the council of the Arab tribes of Chad issued a statement criticizing the RSF for recruiting young Chadian fighters from the tribes.

The conflict in Sudan has killed hundreds of Sudanese people so far, injured thousands of others and caused tens of thousands to flee the country amid a deteriorating humanitarian situation.

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