Egypt, US officials discuss Sudan ceasefire in Cairo meeting

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Apr 2024

Egypt’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Hossam Issa met on Tuesday with US Special Envoy for Sudan Tom Perriello and US Ambassador to Egypt Herro Mustafa Garg in Cairo to discuss efforts to reach a ceasefire in Sudan.

Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister Ambassador Hossam Issa meets with US Special Envoy for Sudan Tom Perriello and US Ambassador to Egypt Herro Mustafa Garg, in Cairo, 2 April 2024. Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry

The meeting discussed the onging efforts to reach a ceasefire and resume negotiations to spare the blood of the Sudanese people and restore security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ahmed Abu-Zeid said.

They also addressed establishing humanitarian corridors to facilitate aid delivery to Sudan, highlighting Egypt’s pivotal role along with other neighbouring countries in this regard.

Furthermore, the meeting touched on preparations for the upcoming international humanitarian conference for Sudan and neighbouring countries, set to take place on 15 April in Paris.

They expect wide participation in the conference from countries supporting Sudan's peace initiatives, donors, and international organizations.

Both sides expressed commitment to maintain coordination in assisting Sudan to overcome its current critical challenges.

In March, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked Egypt for hosting Sudanese refugees and so many other vulnerable migrants, calling on the international community to step up its support for Egypt’s efforts.

Over 500,000 Sudanese have crossed into Egypt since the war began in April 2023 till late March, according to the Egyptian government’s latest figures to the UN high commissioner for refugees.

Moreover, five million Sudanese are currently residing in Egypt, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry.

More than 13,000 people have been killed since the Sudanese crisis began, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project.

According to the UN, over eight million Sudanese have been displaced.

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