The Sudanese government on Tuesday said it has frozen dealing with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regarding resolving the current crisis in the country, according to a statement from Sudan’s Foreign Ministry.
Sudanese Acting Foreign Minister Ali Al-Sadiq has informed the regional bloc of his country’s decision, it noted. Khartoum attributed the move to what it termed “violations by the IGAD” by including the situation in Sudan on the agenda of the bloc’s upcoming summit scheduled to be held in the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Thursday, without consulting Sudan.
The Sudanese Foreign Ministry also referred to the IGAD’s invitation to the commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, to attend the summit, calling it “a dangerous precedent in the history of the IGAD and regional and international organizations.” On Saturday, Sudan officially objected to the upcoming IGAD summit in Kampala, which would discuss the situation in Sudan.
Sudan has been witnessing deadly clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the RSF since April 15, 2023. More than 12,000 people have been killed, and over 7.4 million have been displaced inside and outside Sudan since the fighting broke out, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The IGAD has been intensifying pressure on the Sudanese warring parties to sign a truce agreement to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to the war-affected population.