African Union

The delegation of the African Union (AU) is on a three-day field mission to Sudan to assess the political, security, economic and humanitarian situations in the country.

The delegation of the AU Peace and Security Council, under the Chairmanship of Kenya’s Permanent Representative to AU, Jean Njeri Kamau, arrived in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum Tuesday, according to a statement from the pan-African bloc Wednesday.

The field mission is taking place in line with the Council’s mandate to promote and enhance peace, security and stability on the continent, in particular, as it relates to the implementation of its various decisions on the situation in Sudan.

During its mission, the Council will gather first-hand information regarding the political, security, economic and humanitarian developments in the country, including the state of progress in the implementation of the Juba Agreement, challenges being faced and to ascertain the next steps required in order to facilitate a successful transition in the country, according to the statement.

It is the fifth field mission of the AU Peace and Security Council to Sudan since March 2013. And the delegation comprises representatives of member states of the Council, including Burundi, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Senegal.

The delegation is also expected to reaffirm AU’s solidarity with the government and people of Sudan, as well as its unwavering commitment to supporting the ongoing transition and encouraging the transitional government to continue implementing the signed agreements with a view to build a peaceful Sudan.

The delegation will hold consultations with a number of stakeholders, including the high officials of the transitional government, political parties, civil society organizations, the African Diplomatic Corps, representatives of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the European Union and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

With the field mission to be wrapped up Thursday, the delegation will also travel to El Fasher, North Darfur, where it will visit the Abushuk Internally Displaced Persons Camp and consult with UNAMID officials. Enditem

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