Sudan's Army Chief Meets Kenyan President to Explore Options to Speed Up Peace Talks
Kenya has repeatedly expressed a desire to mediate in the conflict that erupted in Sudan in April, but the North African country's government has earlier refused, citing President Ruto's lack of impartiality.
The head of the Sudanese army, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, met with Kenyan President William Ruto in Nairobi to discuss the security situation in Sudan in light of the conflict between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and possible solutions, according to the Kenyan presidential website.
In particular, the parties reviewed the status of ongoing peace initiatives, including the Jeddah and IGAD peace processes.
"Recognizing the slow progress in Jeddah, the leaders underscored the urgency to accelerate the process towards cessation of hostilities and humanitarian assistance," the statement read.
The leaders also agreed to work to convene an urgent IGAD summit to find ways to accelerate the Jeddah process. The statement added that IGAD will also agree on a framework for an all-inclusive Sudanese dialogue at the summit.
Talks between the warring parties resumed in the Saudi port city on October 26. The mediators, namely IGAD, the US, and Saudi Arabia, have reportedly expressed the willingness of the Sudanese military and the RSF to take steps to increase humanitarian assistance to areas affected by the fighting and to build mutual trust and confidence.
The parties also reportedly agreed to establish liaison mechanisms between the leadership of the regular army and the RSF and to take action against those who provoke escalation and fuel the conflict.
Clashes between Sudan's regular armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Force flared up on April 15, with the epicenter located in the capital Khartoum. The parties have since introduced a number of temporary nationwide ceasefires, but the conflict has not been settled yet.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said that months of fighting in the country could lead to disease outbreaks and a deadly collapse of the health system. According to the UN's International Organization for Migration, the number of internally displaced people in Sudan has surpassed 7 million.