Sudan: Morocco describes Jeddah agreement as a good, positive step needing to be consolidated

Sudanese refugees stay in tents in Koufroune, Chad, May 10, 2023. The war in Sudan has unleashed a new wave of violence in the western region of Darfur, sending tens of thousands into neighboring Chad, where a new humanitarian crisis is looming. (Yagazie Emezi/The New York Times)

Morocco has lauded the fruitful steps taken by the Sudanese conflicting parties at the Jeddah meetings thanks to the Saudi and American mediations, describing the agreement as a good and positive step that needs to be consolidated.

The government of Morocco has voiced readiness to provide the necessary and possible support to help Sudan overcome its crisis, saying Rabat is confident in the Sudanese people’s capacity to reach a compromise for the sake of security and stability of their country.

Addressing remotely the African Union Peace and Security Council, convened this weekend in Addis Ababa, Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita said Morocco stands with brotherly Sudan in these difficult times, and that a political solution hinges on building mutual trust between the Sudanese brothers and opening a fruitful dialogue to achieve a lasting peace that guarantees the brotherly Sudanese people security, stability, and prosperity.

He argued further that the ceasefire agreement of May 20, with the establishment of an international mechanism to monitor its observance, will facilitate the delivery of relief aid to the Sudanese people.

“We hope it will enable the movement of civilians and the arrival of aid,” noted the Minister.

This agreement is a good and positive step that needs to be consolidated, said Mr. Bourita, calling for intensified and coordinated diplomatic efforts by brotherly and friendly countries as well as by international and regional organizations to strengthen confidence-building measures and protect the Sudanese people.

Morocco expresses its total solidarity with brotherly Sudan in these difficult conditions and remains ready to provide the necessary and possible support to help it overcome this crisis, Nasser Bourita said.

Morocco, which has deep-rooted fraternal ties with the Republic of Sudan, is confident in the ability and wisdom of the Sudanese people and their various components to reach the necessary compromises to strengthen the foundations of a political process that preserves the security and stability of their country and meets their development needs, stressed the Minister.

For Morocco, the first key to a political solution lies in building mutual trust between the brothers and initiating a fruitful dialogue to achieve a lasting peace that guarantees the brotherly Sudanese people security, stability and prosperity, insisted Bourita, stressing the need for intensified and coordinated diplomatic efforts by brotherly and friendly countries and international and regional organizations involved in supporting stability in Sudan to strengthen confidence-building measures and protect the potential of the Sudanese people.

On this basis, it would be appropriate to examine the possibility of dispatching a mission from the Peace and Security Council to Sudan as soon as possible for discussions with the Sudanese parties on how to resolve this crisis, the Minister stressed.

The AU Peace and Security Council’s meeting is a message of hope to the Sudanese people, showing that the African Union, which has been involved in the tripartite mechanism (the United Nations, the African Union and IGAD) to find a comprehensive and accepted solution to the Sudanese crisis since its inception, is continuing its good offices with the same determination to make peace in Sudan a living reality, said Bourita.

Regarding the emergency de-escalation plan for the current crisis in Sudan, which is in line with paragraph 10 of the declaration of the extraordinary ministerial meeting on Sudan (April 20), the Kingdom of Morocco considers that this plan constitutes a platform for resolving the crisis, while taking into account the added value of the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America and the positive results of the Jeddah process, as well as the efforts of the tripartite mechanism, while welcoming the desired complementarity between these initiatives, the Minister affirmed.

Morocco calls for this crisis to be confined to the national Sudanese context, and for foreign intervention in the internal affairs of the united country to be prohibited, thus avoiding an escalation of the conflict and a threat to regional peace and security, reiterated the Minister, adding that the current stage calls for joint efforts to support brotherly Sudan and help it reach the expected political solution, which will enable the country to emerge from its current crisis and regain its role as a regional and continental player.

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