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The Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials of the Regional Partners of the Sudan,
Mr. Moussa Faki, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like at the outset to express my gratitude for your prompt response to attend our meeting today, and allow me to extend to you the greetings of His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Chairman of the African Union, as well as His Excellency’s wishes for the success of this meeting, which aims at supporting the brotherly Sudan in its march towards achieving democracy, stability and prosperity that the people of Sudan aspire to and deserve.
Our meeting today, is a continuation of the process that we commenced together at the consultative Summit of the Regional Partners of the Sudan, held in Cairo on 23rd of April 2019, during which it was agreed to convene today’s follow up meeting to proceed with coordinating our efforts to stand by the Sudan to achieve democratic transition and stability.
The objective of our meeting is to continue to follow up closely on the developments in the Sudan and to ensure that there is thorough coordination between the neighboring countries of the Sudan, the Troika of the Presidency of the African Union, the African Union Commission and IGAD. Such coordination aims to offer support to our brothers and sisters in the Sudan at this critical stage in their history, and to assist them in developing a clear vision of the transitional period towards reaching a peaceful transfer of power.
This meeting is being held at a time where the Sudan is facing extremely complex internal challenges. We are following closely the events in the Sudan with concern and grief, as all the blood of our brothers and sisters in this country is precious. The only resolution to such challenges is the return to a process of comprehensive and inclusive dialogue between the various political groups in the Sudan to reach a political solution that is satisfactory for all parties, which should fulfill the aspirations of the Sudanese people, and preserve the peace and security of the Sudan and its fortunes, institutions and unity. Discord and disagreement will not lead to the desired solution for a new future for the Sudanese people.
As you are all aware, the exceptional circumstances that the brotherly Sudan faces now require concerted and coordinated regional efforts to relieve the ongoing state of tension and to pave the way for the advancement of the dialogue between the Sudanese parties to achieve the desired democratic transition, while preserving the institutions of the state, and fulfilling the ambitions of the brotherly Sudanese people in shaping a bright future for their country.
I would like to refer to the decisions of the consultative Summit of the Regional Partners of the Sudan, held in Cairo on 23rd of April 2019. The decisions highlight a number of measures that would enhance the process of democratic transition in the Sudan, as well as reaffirming the principles and objectives of the African Union on promoting peace, security and stability in the African Continent, which reconfirms the predominance of the principle of African solutions to African problems. The summit decisions also reiterated the commitment to the unity and sovereignty of the Sudan, and the unwavering support for the role of the African Union, IGAD and the neighboring countries in assisting the Sudan in its endeavors to overcome the political, security and economic challenges it is encountering and to promptly restore the constitutional order through an inclusive Sudanese-led Sudanese-owned political dialogue that encompass all Sudanese parties including the opposition in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile, with a view to establish a democratic political system based on the principles of the rule of law, democracy, justice, freedom, protection of human rights, and the achievement of sustainable economic development.
Egypt's initiative stems from its responsibility as the current Chair of the African Union, and its responsibility towards neighboring countries, especially the Sudan, in addition to the long-standing and well-established ties between the two peoples of the Nile Valley. It is our duty to contribute effectively to all facets of support for the Sudan, while alleviating at the same time the pressing foreign interventions that may exacerbate the situation in the African continent or compromise the basis of the nation state.
Our objective is to send a clear and strong message of support to our brothers and sisters in the Sudan, which will shed the light on our recognition of the specificity of the Sudanese issue; reaffirm the importance of denying external interference in Sudan’s domestic affairs; stress the importance of reaching a Sudanese-owned solution by resuming a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue between all the Sudanese parties in a way that ensures a successful political process; and overcome the current challenges and set out a comprehensive approach to manage the transition period.
We regret the recent developments in the Sudan and the consequent suspension of Sudan's membership in the African Union as a brotherly country that has undertaken a regional active role and contributed positively towards bringing peace to the continent. We are aware that the Sudanese people are well informed and knowledgeable and realize the importance and role of their national institutions, and we are certain that they will protect their revolution and reap its rewards. The great people of the Sudan, who have embarked on a peaceful revolution for change, do realize their national responsibility and are capable of leading their country towards stability and to fulfill their ambitions and aspirations.
In this context, I would like to stress the importance of the role of the neighboring countries of the Sudan, the Troika of the Presidency of the African Union, the African Union Commission and IGAD in supporting the Sudanese people, and the importance of achieving the unity and complementarity of these efforts. We, therefore, hope that this meeting would assist in further coordinating the regional and African efforts and provide a practical outcome that paves the way towards advancing a constructive Sudanese dialogue, which will restore confidence between the Sudanese parties.
Allow me also to welcome the efforts of H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Mr. Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairman of the IGAD. We reaffirm our full commitment to capitalize on such constructive efforts in order to best support the Sudanese people in achieving their aspirations.
In conclusion, I would like to reiterate my firm belief in the ability of the regional partners of the Sudan to exert efforts in good faith in pursuit of securing the aspirations of the Sudanese people for a democratic transition that ensues development, stability and integrity of state institutions that are representative of all the Sudanese people.