KHARTOUM, — Sudan announced that Chadian President Idriss Deby will participate in the general assembly of the National Dialogue Conference, slated for Oct 10 in Sudan’s capital Khartoum.

“Chadian President Idriss Deby has agreed to an invitation by President Omar al-Bashir to attend the sessions of the national dialogue,” said Sudan’s foreign ministry in a press release.

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour Thursday met the president Deby in New York on the sidelines of the meeting of the 71st session of UN General Assembly.

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

In Jan. 2014, 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