Addis Ababa, 11 July 2023 (TDI): President of Kenya, William Ruto, chaired The 1st IGAD Quartet meeting on the Sudan conflict.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Foreign Minister of Djibouti Mahamoud Ali, and Special Envoy of South Sudan Benjamin Bol attended the meeting.

Representatives from countries such as KSA, UK, USA, UAE, and Egypt also were part of the discussions.

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Many others representing IGAD, AU, UN-OCHA, and EU were also present, with the representative of Rapid Support Forces, Yousif Izzat, in the meeting.

While the absence of a representative from the Sudan Armed Forces was noted, the 1st IGAD Quartet meeting kept on going.

All the leaders held discussions on the present situation in Sudan and the solutions to resolve the situation that has developed since 15 April.

The Quartet thanked the Ethiopian President for conducting a meeting in the capital and gathered the neighboring countries to work together for peace in Sudan.

The efforts by international organizations were also commended, such as the African Union and United Nations, working alongside the IGAD.

Developments in Sudan

Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF), two military factions that together overthrew the civil government in Sudan.

The tension between them grew as both started the struggle to gain more power. On 15 April, the fight broke out. Since then, thousands of people have died and been injured.

Almost three million people have been displaced as a result of this conflict. Many neighboring countries have been accepting refugees from Sudan.

The leaders in the 1st IGAD Quartet meeting agreed that there is no military solution in Sudan; rather, a face-to-face meeting between the two sides can be an effective measure.

IGAD arranged a face-to-face meeting between the two sides, but the Sudan Armed Forces rejected this mediation offer.