War-torn Sudan’s army chief meets Qatar ruler in diplomatic push

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (R) meets with Sudan’s military chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Doha (-)

Sudanese military chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan met Qatar’s emir on Thursday throughout his third journey overseas since struggle broke out in April, after additionally visiting Egypt and South Sudan in current days.

Burhan, whose troops are preventing the paramilitary Speedy Help Forces (RSF), had spent months underneath siege contained in the army headquarters in Khartoum and stayed in conflict-hit Sudan till late August.

In Doha, he obtained a purple carpet welcome and mentioned “the most recent developments within the state of affairs and challenges going through Sudan” with the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, a Qatari royal courtroom assertion mentioned.

Burhan left Doha on Thursday afternoon, the official Qatar Information Company mentioned.

The struggle between Burhan and his former deputy, RSF commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, has killed a minimum of 5,000 folks, in response to a conservative estimate from the Armed Battle Location & Occasion Knowledge undertaking.

Late on Wednesday, Burhan issued a decree dissolving the RSF, whereas the US slapped sanctions on senior commander Abdelrahim Hamdan Daglo, the brother of the paramilitary chief.

The Transitional Sovereignty Council, headed by Burhan, mentioned the decree was “primarily based on the repercussions of those forces’ insurrection in opposition to the state, the grave violations they dedicated in opposition to residents, and the deliberate sabotage of the nation’s infrastructure”.

Human rights campaigners have accused the RSF and allied Arab militias of atrocities together with rape, looting and mass killings of ethnic minorities, primarily within the ethnically combined Darfur area.

The military too has been accused of abuses, together with the indiscriminate bombing of residential areas the place the RSF have a presence.

Burhan made his first foray outdoors military headquarters final month and has visited regional allies in current weeks.

Since leaving the capital Khartoum, he has been primarily based in Port Sudan, an jap metropolis that has been spared the preventing.

Authorities officers and the United Nations have equally relocated to the coastal metropolis which hosts Sudan’s solely functioning airport.

– ‘Legitimacy’ –

Late final month, as rumours swirled of negotiations aimed toward ending the disaster, Burhan flew to Egypt, traditionally his closest ally, adopted by a go to to South Sudan this week.

“The importance of (the journeys overseas) is to verify the legitimacy of Burhan with the worldwide neighborhood,” Ashraf Abdulaziz, editor-in-chief of unbiased Sudanese each day Al-Jarida, informed AFP.

Each Cairo and Juba have sought to mobilise regional and worldwide efforts to finish the almost five-month battle, after mediation makes an attempt within the early phases of the struggle had repeatedly floundered.

A number of truces brokered by the US and Saudi Arabia have been systematically violated, earlier than the 2 mediators adjourned talks in June.

Burhan has taken problem with the mediation efforts of East African bloc IGAD, accusing their present coordinator Kenya of giving a platform to Daglo in its bid to convey the warring sides to the negotiating desk.

Final month, Burhan’s authorities boycotted peace talks referred to as by IGAD within the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, demanding that Kenya get replaced.

On Thursday, the Burhan-run overseas ministry went additional, threatening to assessment Sudan’s membership of the bloc if Kenya remained its lead negotiator.

“If IGAD fails to heed our demand for a change of chairman (of its negotiating quartet)… the Sudanese authorities will assessment the relevance of its membership of this organisation,” it mentioned in a press release.

Saying sanctions on Wednesday, the US Treasury mentioned that underneath Abdelrahim Hamdan Daglo, RSF fighters “have engaged in acts of violence and human rights abuses, together with the bloodbath of civilians, ethnic killings and use of sexual violence”.

Lots of the abuses passed off in Darfur, it added.

Daglo referred to as the sanctions in opposition to him “unfair” in feedback Thursday to Sky Information Arabia, a TV channel primarily based within the United Arab Emirates, which observers say is near the RSF.

The US State Division additionally positioned the RSF’s West Darfur commander Abdul Rahman Juma on its blacklist for what Washington referred to as “his involvement in a gross violation of human rights”.

In addition to leaving 1000’s useless since April 15, the struggle has additionally compelled 4.8 million folks from their properties — a million of whom have crossed borders — in response to the United Nations.

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