Egypt to host summit of Sudan’s neighbouring states to seek conflict settlement

Amr Kandil , Sunday 9 Jul 2023

Egypt will host on Thursday Sudan’s Neighbouring Countries Summit to discuss means of ending the ongoing conflict and its repercussions on these countries, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement Sunday.

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FILE - Smoke rises over Khartoum, Sudan, as fighting between the Sudanese army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces continues. AP

 

The summit seeks to set effective frameworks to peacefully settle the crisis in coordination with other regional and international tracks, the statement said.

Egypt’s hosting of the summit emanates from “the keenness of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to formulate a joint vision for Sudan’s direct neighbouring countries,” the statement noted.

President El-Sisi is also keen to “take steps to resolve the crisis, end the bloodshed among Sudanese people and spare them the repercussions that they face.”

Moreover, the summit comes amid keenness to “protect the Sudanese state and its resources and curb the continuation of the grave effects of the crisis on the neighboring countries as well as on the security and stability of the entire region,” the statement added.

The gathering will see the participation of heads of state and government from Egypt, Libya, Chad, Central Africa, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Since the crisis broke out in mid-April between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), nearly three million people have been displaced, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Of those, around 700,000 Sudanese, returnees and third-country nationals have fled to neighbouring states, the IOM said last Thursday, adding that around 40 percent of this number, or 280,000 people, have fled to Egypt.

Egypt has delivered hundreds of tons of medical supplies to Port Sudan and has facilitated the transport of many tens of tons more of international humanitarian aid to the country.

Egypt has called for a permanent ceasefire in Sudan and has voiced support to AfricanArab and global efforts seeking to settle the crisis, including ceasefires negotiated by the United States and Saudi Arabia over the past weeks that have nonetheless been regularly violated. 

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