Arab League Holds Consultative Meeting on Peace Initiatives in Sudan

The Arab League started, on Wednesday at the headquarters of its Secretariat-General in Cairo, a consultation meeting on means of strengthening the coordination of peace initiatives and efforts in Sudan.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange views on the current situation in Sudan, and to draw the main lessons from mediation attempts and initiatives aimed at restoring peace and stability in the country.

Speaking on this occasion, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said that resolving the conflict in Sudan is “primarily the responsibility of the Sudanese elites. However, the international community also bears a significant responsibility, dictated by its decisions and charters which emphasize the necessity of making every effort to restore stability in Sudan, maintain regional peace and security, and prevent the collapse of the Sudanese state and its institutions”.

He went on to point out that African, Arab and international decisions clearly underline the need to coordinate and harmonize the action of regional organizations in order to support efforts for a ceasefire between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) with a view to implementing the agreements signed in Jeddah and facilitating the launch of a comprehensive, Sudanese-led political process.

The meeting gathers the Arab League, the United Nations, the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the European Union, as well as peace initiative bearers, namely Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States.