Chadian president to attend Sudan’s national dialogue conference

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and Chad's President Idriss Deby (L) listen to the national anthem during opening session of Sudan National Dialogue conference in Khartoum October 10, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese government says Chadian President Idriss Deby will participate in the general assembly of the National Dialogue Conference, slated for October 10 in the capital Khartoum.

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

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour on 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 January 2014, President 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 which aims to resolve the country’s political and social issues started October last year.

It 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.