Egypt's FM Shoukry says Sudan conflict internal matter, urges against foreign interference

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Apr 2023

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry has stressed the need to deal with the conflict in Sudan as an internal matter, urging against interference from any external party in a way that exacerbates the conflict.

File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry in Ankara on April 13, 2023. AFP


Shoukry made his statements in three separate phone calls on Wednesday with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Chad’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Salih Al-Nadif and Oman's Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Albusaidi, to review the latest developments of the Sudanese crisis.

Egypt's top diplomat stressed to his counterparts the necessity of integrating all international and regional efforts to contain the crisis, according to statements by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Shoukry also reiterated his call for a ceasefire as soon as possible, stressing the need for the two conflicting parties "to listen to the voice of reason and spare the bloodshed of the brotherly Sudanese people," added the statement.

Cleverly expressed his country's "deep" concern about the developments in Sudan, agreeing to continue coordinating efforts to contain the crisis.

Shoukry and his Omani counterpart urged for implementing the recommendations of the last emergency meeting of the Arab League Council at the level of permanent delegates.

During an emergency meeting of the Arab League (AL) on Sunday, Sudan's Representative to AL Al-Sadiq Omar Abdullah called on Arab states to mediate in order to reach a calm and peaceful settlement in Sudan "away from international interventions."

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Shoukry said Egypt has been in direct communication with both parties to the conflict in Sudan and is encouraging them to cease hostilities and return to dialogue.

Violence in Sudan erupted early on Saturday between the forces of two generals who seized power in 2021: Army Chief Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan "Hemedti" Dagalo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Thousands of Sudanese have fled Khartoum, according to AFP on Wednesday, as fighting between the army and paramilitaries raged for a fifth day after a 24-hour truce collapsed. Around 200 civilians are estimated to have been killed in the fighting so far.

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