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Sudan accuses IGAD of violating country's sovereignty

Sudan suspended its involvement in mediation efforts with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) after it invited the leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to a meeting in Uganda. 

For nine months, the Sudanese military and the RSF have been engaged in a brutal conflict that has displaced over 7 million people and has left nearly half of Sudan's population in need of aid. 

IGAD has taken on the role of mediator, attempting to broker talks between the state military and the RSF.

On Tuesday, Sudan suspended ties with IGAD after the East African regional bloc invited the RSF's leader Mohamed Hamdan Daglo to a meeting with Sudan on 18 January.

Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement that claims the invitation of Daglo is a "violation of Sudan's sovereignty." 

The statement accused IGAD of legitimizing the RSF by extending an invite to its leader, the Ministry continues by emphasizing that the IGAD is setting a "dangerous precedent."

Read more on Al Jazeera.


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