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Sudan accused African Union Commission of not serving Africa's interests

September 8, 2023 at 8:52 pm

Mohamed El Hacen Lebatt, African Union Commission Chief of Staff and African Union Spokesperson on the crisis in Sudan speaks during a press conference following their meeting of the Extended Mechanism on the Sudan Crisis at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on May 31, 2023 [AMANUEL SILESHI/AFP via Getty Images]

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry, on Friday, accused the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson’s office of following a policy of double standards and serving an agenda that does not “serve the interests of Africa”, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Ministry slammed remarks made by AUC spokesman, Mohamed Lebatt, on Thursday in which he criticised the Sudanese Foreign Ministry for condemning the meeting of AUC Chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, with the political adviser to General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, head of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), on 3 September. 

While strongly criticizing Lebatt’s remarks, the ministry stated that such statements “do not deserve to be responded to.” However, he accused the AUC spokesman of serving an agenda that does not serve Africa’s interests but rather a strange agenda.

On 3 September, the RSF said in a statement that Dagalo’s adviser met with AUC Chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, in Addis Ababa, which promptly triggered a condemnation from the Sudanese Foreign Ministry.

More than 3,000 civilians have been killed and thousands injured since the outbreak of violence in Sudan in April between the Sudanese Army and RSF, according to local medics.

Several cease-fire agreements brokered by Saudi and US mediators between the warring rivals failed to end violence in the country.

According to UN estimates, nearly 7.1 million people have been displaced by the current conflict in Sudan.

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