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Bashir: Israel is behind Al-Mahdi's agreement with armed groups

November 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir yesterday accused Israel of being behind the agreement signed by the head of the largest opposition party with the armed movements in the August.

During a meeting with opposition parties that accepted the invitation for dialogue, Al-Bashir said: “We have confirmed that Israel was behind the Paris agreement which was signed with the Sudan Revolutionary Front,” without revealing any further information.

“The Paris agreement was part of the plan, including the seizure of the city of El-Fashir with the formation of a transitional government headed by [Sadiq] Al-Mahdi,” Al-Bashir said.

He continued that “the Paris agreement is a red line that we cannot accept because it means taking power by force.”

Al-Bashir reiterated his promise to grant the leaders of armed movements adequate safeguards to participate in the national dialogue provided they “abandon their efforts to overthrow the regime by force”.

The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Al-Mahdi’s National Umma Party signed the Paris Declaration on August 8 after preliminary discussions conducted by the party’s Vice-President Merriam Al-Mahdi with the rebel groups in Paris, France.