Kenyan President William Ruto has pledged to arrange a meeting between the conflicting parties in Sudan, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the leader of the army, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemetti), the leader of the Rapid Support Forces, in another attempt to end the war.
In a statement, the Kenyan presidency announced that Ruto, speaking to journalists in Djibouti, said that “Kenya is committed to bringing together the Sudanese generals in a face-to-face meeting to find a permanent solution to the crisis.”
He added, “In the next three weeks, we will begin a comprehensive national dialogue,” confirming that a humanitarian corridor would be established within two weeks to facilitate aid delivery.
On Monday, the Kenyan president announced the “IGAD initiative on the Sudanese crisis, which includes a meeting between the Sudanese Sovereign Council’s head, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the leaders of South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.”
Earlier, Sudan’s Deputy Sovereign Council Leader, Malik Agar, called on members of the IGAD organization to focus their efforts on resolving the conflict in Sudan.
Agar stated during a speech at the IGAD Summit: “We want to end the war, stop the fighting, and demand safe humanitarian access,” welcoming the roadmap presented by the African Union Commissioner Moussa Faki.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, warned of the possibility of Sudan sliding into a civil war and state collapse if the clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces continue.
Faki stated in his speech that “the ongoing clashes in Sudan raise the risk of a civil war and the collapse of the Sudanese state,” adding that “the crisis in Sudan poses a significant threat to its existence and the entire region, and does not tolerate procrastination and obstruction.”
Earlier on Monday, the Sudanese army announced that it had killed hundreds of Rapid Support Forces members and destroyed dozens of military vehicles in several neighborhoods in the capital, Khartoum, a claim denied by the Rapid Support Forces, who confirmed that they inflicted heavy losses on the army.
Since April 15th, intense and widespread clashes have been taking place between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces in various parts of Sudan, mostly concentrated in the capital, Khartoum, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries among civilians. However, there is no official tally of military casualties from both sides of the conflict.