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Egypt Firmly Opposes External Interference in Sudan's Crisis

Mon 18 Mar 2024 | 01:29 PM

On Monday, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan, Tom Perriello, to discuss the ongoing crisis in Sudan.

The meeting, held in Cairo, marks a crucial step in regional efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict, underscoring Egypt's pivotal role in the process.

Ahmed Abu Zeid, the spokesperson for Egypt's Foreign Ministry, shared that Shoukry welcomed Perriello's new role and his decision to visit Cairo, highlighting Egypt's central position in efforts to address the Sudanese situation. Shoukry briefed the U.S. envoy on Egypt's active engagement with Sudanese factions and international actors to promote de-escalation, a sustainable ceasefire, and the preservation of Sudan's state integrity and social fabric. He emphasized the need for international assistance to provide humanitarian and medical support to the Sudanese populace.

Shoukry articulated Egypt's stance, advocating for a Sudanese-led resolution to the conflict, free from foreign intervention that could hinder peace efforts. He stressed the necessity of a future political process that includes all relevant Sudanese parties, conducted within the principles of Sudan's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and non-interference in its internal affairs.

The Egyptian minister also highlighted Egypt's humanitarian efforts, noting that since the crisis's onset, Egypt has hosted over half a million Sudanese refugees, in addition to five million others residing in the country, all receiving equal treatment as Egyptian citizens. Egypt remains committed to offering relief and developmental support to Sudan during this challenging time.

Perriello, expressing his appreciation for Egypt's leadership, acknowledged the importance of Egypt's role and influence in achieving a resolution in Sudan. He was keen to understand Egypt's perspective on the most effective approaches to resolving the crisis, given Egypt's deep insights into Sudanese complexities and historical relationships with its various social and political groups.

The discussions concluded with an agreement to continue consultations and coordination between Egypt and the United States, with Shoukry affirming that the U.S., with its considerable influence, has a critical role to play in supporting Sudan and facilitating its path to recovery from the current turmoil.