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the Sudanese government’s decision to freeze its membership in ( IGAD)

Press Release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports that H.E. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, sent a formal letter on Saturday, January 20, 2024, to H.E. Mr. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti and current chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). In this letter, he communicated the Sudanese government’s decision to freeze its membership in the organization.

This decision stems from IGAD’s disregard for Sudan’s official communication, wherein it formally suspended its engagement and froze interactions on any matters related to the current situation in Sudan. Nevertheless, the organization included an agenda item on Sudan during the extraordinary forty-second summit of heads of state and government, held in Kampala, Uganda, on Thursday, January 18. Sudan boycotted the summit, and its final statement contained expressions that violate Sudan’s sovereignty and provoke the sentiments of the victims of the atrocities committed by the rebellious militia and their families.

The letter clarifies that the Sudanese government is not bound by nor concerned with everything IGAD issues regarding Sudan. The government emphasizes its commitment to decisions that preserve the country’s sovereignty and dignity.

Issued on Saturday, January 20, 2024.

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