Egypt's FM warns of neglecting Sudan's crisis amid Israel-Gaza war

Merna Hesham , Sunday 22 Oct 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry warned against international disregard for the crisis in Sudan in a meeting on Sunday with Annette Weber, the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Horn of Africa.

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Egypt FM Sameh Shoukry meeting with Annette Weber, the European Union envoy to the Horn of Africa on Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

Shoukry also called for consolidating regional and international efforts to engage conflicting parties in a positive dialogue towards resolving the crisis.

During the meeting, he welcomed Europe's support for Egypt's efforts to establish common ground between Sudanese civil forces to address the causes of the crisis and initiate a comprehensive political process, a statement by the ministry said.

The Egyptian FM stressed that it was imperative to fully respect Sudan's sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity. He also emphasized preserving the Sudanese state and its capabilities and institutions and prioritizing a serious and comprehensive approach to addressing the humanitarian consequences of the current crisis. 

Furthermore, Shoukry urged countries and donors to honour their commitments at the UN Donor Conference in June.

During the conference, donors pledged close to $1.5 billion to combat the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and help its neighbours host refugees fleeing the fighting.

For her part, the EU’s envoy expressed a strong appreciation for Egypt's significant role in the region, emphasizing the EU’s commitment to ongoing coordination with Egypt on all relevant regional matters.

Fighting between the Sudanese army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out in Khartoum on 15 April 2023.

Six months after tensions between rival Sudanese generals ignited a devastating war, thousands lie dead, millions are displaced, and the once peaceful capital, Khartoum, is now a battleground.

Egypt has received over 310,000 Sudanese who have fled their country between 15 April and late September, according to previous remarks by Shoukry.

 

 

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