Egypt, South Sudan Agree to Step Up Efforts to Resolve Conflict in Sudan
18:14 06.11.2023 (Updated: 18:15 06.11.2023)
© AP Photo / Mackenzie Knowles-CoursinSouth Sudanese soldier
© AP Photo / Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Egypt and South Sudan have agreed to step up efforts and contacts with the relevant parties to resolve the ongoing crisis in Sudan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on Monday.
"We agreed to step-up efforts and contacts between us and the relevant parties inside Sudan, in order to find urgent solutions to the crisis," Al-Sisi told a press conference in Cairo following his talks with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.
The two leaders also urged the parties in Sudan to prioritize national interests of their country, the Egyptian president said.
"We underscored the centrality of Egypt and South Sudan's roles in the Sudanese crisis, affirming the importance of not neglecting this in any initiatives or efforts proposed to settle the crisis," Al-Sisi added.
More Than 9,000 People Seek Refuge From Sudan Fighting, UN Official Says
Moreover, on Monday, the UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix stated that more than 9,000 people have been displaced since the outbreak of fighting in April.
“In Abyei, the Sudan crisis has resulted in an influx of displaced people. At Amiet Market, our humanitarian partners have recorded over 9,000 people who have sought refuge from the fighting,” Lacroix told the UN Security Council during a meeting on Sudan.
The UN Mission has also noticed an increase in the level of weapons circulation in Abyei, he added.
In April, violent clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group. The parties to the conflict have since introduced a number of temporary nationwide ceasefires, but none has helped settle the conflict. In late October, the parties resumed negotiations, mediated by Saudi Arabia. The UN estimates the death toll from the conflict in the hundreds.
The UN estimates the death toll from the conflict in the hundreds, while the Red Cross has warned that extended hostilities risk crumbling the country's healthcare system.