Egyptian president in Khartoum for Sudanese national dialogue

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrived in Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday to take part in the conclusion of Sudan’s national dialogue conference.

The general assembly of the national dialogue conference on Sunday held a procedural meeting, chaired by President Omar al-Bashir, and approved the final national document of the dialogue which will be the base for the country’s permanent constitution.

The document was signed by the heads of the Sudanese political parties participating in the dialogue, while other political forces are to sign it Monday before the concluding session.

The presidents of Mauritania, Chad and Uganda as well as the Ethiopian prime minister are also scheduled to attend the closing session of Sudan’s national dialogue conference.

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

The sessions of the dialogue kicked off in October 2015 in a bid 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 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 of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the United Nations Security Council, to bring together all Sudanese political forces to agree on procedures to initiate an equitable dialogue with the government, a demand that the Sudanese government rejects.


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