'Immediate and sustainable' ceasefire necessary in Sudan: Arab League contact group

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 May 2023

The contact group tasked by the Arab League (AL) with finding a peaceful resolution for the conflict in Sudan stressed in its first meeting “on the necessity of reaching an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in the country to preserve the capabilities of the Sudanese people and their national institutions.”

 Arab Ministerial Contact Group meeting in Jeddah. Photo courtes
Arab Ministerial Contact Group meeting in Jeddah. Photo courtesy of ministry of affairs


The contact group meeting, held on Wednesday in Jeddah, was attended by the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Farhan and the Secretary-General of the Arab League (AL), Ahmed Abul Gheit.

The Sudan contact group, which was formed on 7 May per a resolution by the AL, compromises Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Secretary-General of the AL.

In a statement after the meeting, the contact group stressed the importance of dealing with the Sudanese crisis as an internal issue and warned against outside interference.

The statement also stressed the centrality of neighbouring countries' role and the AL’s contact Group in resolving the crisis.

Following the outbreak of fighting in Sudan in mid-April, Saudi Arabia hosted rounds of talks between representatives of the two warring sides in Sudan in Jeddah to reach a ceasefire.

The contact group also affirmed in the statement “its support for the Jeddah Humanitarian Declaration agreement to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian relief work to meet urgent needs.”

The Jeddah humanitarian agreement was signed on 12 May in Saudi Red Sea coastal city between representatives of the two warring sides who committed to respecting humanitarian principles during the conflict.

A call to the world

The group members commended in their statement, “the efforts of several Arab countries, including Egypt, in alleviating the suffering of the brotherly Sudanese people.”

They also vowed that the group would continue all efforts with all the Sudanese sides, in coordination with regional and international partners, to resolve the crisis.

They also called on the international community to provide urgent humanitarian and medical aid to the Sudanese people.

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