Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi urged on Sunday all Sudanese warring parties to stop the fighting and make the voice of wisdom prevail in order to preserve the capabilities of their country and the interests of the people.
During a meeting with his Mauritanian counterpart in Cairo, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, Sisi stressed the importance of declaring an immediate and sustainable ceasefire to preserve Sudan’s national institutions and prevent them from collapsing.
He stressed the need for intensifying efforts to provide urgent humanitarian and relief aid to alleviate the suffering of those affected.
The fighting between the Sudanese military, led by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces, broke out in mid-April.
On Thursday, the White House announced that it will impose sanctions against key defense companies and people who “perpetuate violence” in Sudan as the warring sides failed to abide by a cease-fire agreement in the northeastern African nation.
Last week, Sudan’s military suspended its participation in the peace talks sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the United States, launched late in May in the Saudi city of Jeddah.
The army and the RSF had exchanged accusations of shelling and aerial bombardments on a market in the capital, Khartoum.
In line with the Saudi-US mediation, other forces are trying to find a solution to Sudan’s crisis, mainly the African Union’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
IGAD has eight East African countries, including Kenya, which welcomed on Sunday the envoy of the Commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), political advisor Youssef Ezzat.
Ezzat met the Kenyan President in the presidential palace in Nairobi, a move that angered the Sudanese Army Commander, Gen. Burhan.
Meanwhile, the 15-member UN Security Council last Friday adopted a resolution extending its mission, UNITAMS, in Sudan until Dec. 3, 2023.
This came after Burhan accused UN envoy Volker Perthes of inflaming the worsening conflict in a letter last week sent to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.