Kiir to lead IGAD high-level delegation to Khartoum to mediate peace talks
AUTHOR: Daniel Garang Deng | PUBLISHED: April 17, 2023
H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan.Photo/TRC
President Salva Kiir is set to lead a high-level IGAD heads of state and government to Sudan for mediation efforts to end the raging fighting in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and other cities in Sudan.
The IGAD held an extraordinary virtual emergency crisis meeting on Sunday to discuss the unfolding situation in Sudan. They agreed to form a delegation that will be headed up by Kiir to mediate the peace between the warring parties.
The virtual IGAD heads of state and government meeting was attended by Kiir himself, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, President Dr. William Samoei Ruto of Kenya, President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh and President of Somalia, Hassan Shiek Mahoumd.
The fighting between Sudan’s military leader Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo has brought Sudan to unrest, claiming lives of 1oo civilians.
IGAD’s leaders resolved to send Presidents Kiir, Ruto and Omar as soon as possible to reconcile the parties. The fighting erupted on Saturday morning in Khartoum and its surrounding cities between the army and Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
The regional leaders have called on the warrying parties to immediately stop the fighting and come to the table for negotiations to resolve their differences through peaceful means.