SUDAN SAYS SOME AFRICAN LEADERS TO JOIN NATIONAL DIALOGUE CONFERENCE

KHARTOUM, — Sudan said on Sunday that a group of African leaders will participate in the general assembly of the national dialogue conference on Oct. 10 in Sudan’s capital Khartoum.

The leaders include the presidents of Egypt, Chad, Mauritania, and Uganda, as well as the prime minister of Ethiopia and the secretary-general of the Arab League, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters.

The general secretariat of the Sudanese national dialogue has announced the completion of all arrangements for the convocation of the general assembly of the national dialogue conference as scheduled.

In January 2014, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declared an initiative calling on the opposition parties and the armed groups to join a national dialogue to end the country’s crises.

The sessions of the national dialogue conference kicked off in October 2015 with the aim to resolve the country’s political and social issues.

The conference was launched with the participation of a number of Sudanese political parties, civil society organizations and some Darfur armed groups.

However, major political parties and armed movements have refused to participate in the conference, including the Revolutionary Front Alliance, which brings together the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector and the major Darfur armed movements.

The Darfur armed groups and the SPLM/northern sector insist that a preparatory conference should be held, according to decisions by the AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council, to bring together all the Sudanese political forces to agree on procedures to initiate an equitable dialogue with the government, a demand that the Sudanese government rejects.

Source: Nam News Network