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Republic of Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office of the Official Spokesperson and Information Management

Regarding the statement issued by the IGAD Secretariat on behalf of the Heads of State and Government at the Emergency Summit No. 41 on December 10, 2023, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to clarify the following:

  1. The summit of Heads of State and Government in IGAD was held yesterday, Saturday, December 9, 2023, in Djibouti for one day. An open session was followed by a closed consultation session restricted to the heads of state. Due to time constraints, the IGAD Secretariat could not prepare the draft final statement until late last night. The Presidency of IGAD announced that the draft would be sent to member states on the same night for approval, and the final statement would be issued today, Sunday, December 10, 2023. However, the draft statement was not sent until this morning.
  2. Upon receiving the draft statement, Sudan informed the IGAD Secretariat that it had substantive comments and reservations about the draft. The Sudanese delegation noted that certain paragraphs were inserted without justification, and there were flaws in the wording that did not accurately reflect what had been agreed upon. The Secretariat was provided with these comments.
  3. In explicit violation of the IGAD Charter, which requires decisions to be unanimous among members, the Secretariat hastily issued a final statement without including the comments and reservations presented by the Sudanese delegation. Therefore, Sudan does not consider this statement to represent the summit’s outcomes. Sudan expects IGAD’s Presidency and Secretariat to correct this.
  4. The comments provided by the Sudanese delegation on the draft final statement can be summarized as follows:
  • Deletion of the reference to the participation of the State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates in the summit, as this did not occur.
  • Removal of the reference to IGAD Heads holding consultations with the dissolved Rapid Support Forces delegation, as this contradicts reality. The President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, one of the IGAD Heads, did not participate in or hear about consultations with rebel representatives, given that the rebel delegation arrived on the plane of the UAE Minister of State.
  • Clarification of what was stated regarding the agreement of the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council to meet with the rebel leader. The President insisted that such a meeting required a permanent ceasefire agreement, the withdrawal of rebel forces from the capital, and their assembly in agreed-upon areas.
  • Deletion of the paragraph referring to a phone call between IGAD Presidents and the rebel leader, as this call took place between the Kenyan President and the rebel leader after the summit had concluded.
  • Modification of the paragraph condemning external interventions to avoid equating the armed forces with the rebels.
  • Inclusion of a reference to the “Initiative of the Neighboring Countries of Sudan” presented by the Arab Republic of Egypt in the paragraph discussing initiatives to resolve the crisis in Sudan.
  • Emphasis on the necessity to consult with the Sudanese government and obtain its consent for any effort to resolve the crisis.
  • Since none of these observations were considered, the statement lacks consensus and is not considered a legal document by IGAD.

Issued on Sunday, December 10, 2023.

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