Sudan Withdraws Its Membership From The IGAD Union After Disagreements

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Sudan’s Foreign Ministry has informed IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) that they will be officially suspending their membership with the bloc.

This comes shortly after Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan dismissed an invitation to their most recent summit, condemning their ongoing communications with the head of Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

The summit took place last Thursday

The 42nd ExtraOrdinary Session of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government convened in the Republic of Uganda on January 18.

Heads of State and participating members attended the summit in order to tackle a number of topics, one of them being the ongoing conflict in Sudan.

 

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The assembly shared their concerns about the continued fighting in Sudan

Reiterating its call for the conflicted parties to commit to dialogue and negotiation, the IGAD union offered its good offices to help facilitate an all-inclusive peace process between the Sudanese Army, the Rapid Support Forces, the African Union, and all regional and international actors.

They also gave both army generals a deadline of two weeks to facilitate this discussion.

But shortly after the assembly had concluded…

Sudan officially withdrew its membership from the East African bloc – that they had notably been founding members of since 1986.

 

Army General, Al-Burhan, denounced the invitation of paramilitary chief Mohamed Hamdan Daglo

In the statement from the Foreign Ministry, Al-Burhan had sent a letter on Saturday to President Ismail Omar Guelleho of Djibouti, current chair of the IGAD, to inform him of the Sudanese government’s decision of suspending its membership with the organisation.

The letter made it clear that the government is not obligated nor concerned with what is issued by IGAD regarding Sudanese affairs.

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