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Morocco Reiterates Solidarity With Sudan As Conflict Continues

Rabat – Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita reaffirmed on Saturday his country’s “total solidarity” with Sudan, adding that the country remains ready to provide the necessary support to help the Sudanese nation overcome the crisis.

The North African country is “confident” in the ability of the Sudanese people to reach the necessary compromise and start a political process to overcome the crisis, he added.

Speaking at a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, the top Moroccan diplomat said that for Morocco, the first key to a political solution lies in “building mutual trust” and “initiating a fruitful dialogue.”

He also praised the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement, calling it a good and positive step that needs to be followed up by diplomatic efforts from nearby countries to ensure stability in Sudan.

The chief of Moroccan diplomacy also urged the examination of the possibility to dispatch a mission from the Peace and Security Council to the country as soon as possible to facilitate discussions between the parties at the center of the conflict.

Sudan’s capital Khartoum has been embroiled in a military conflict since mid-April, with heavy gun fighting pitching the country’s Armed Forces battle against  paramilitary group Rapid Defense Forces (RDF). The fighting came after years of instability as citizens tried to instill civil rule after the removal of Omar Al-Bashir, who had ruled the country for nearly 30 years in 2019.

Despite a pledge from the Armed Forces to share power with civilians prior to elections and eventually bring back civil rule, another coup in 2021 triggered new protests calling for democracy.

The new escalation in the fighting has derailed international attempts to facilitate the democratization process, with Morocco being one of the countries that has called for an immediate stop to the hostilities and a UN-led mediation.

As well as repatriating hundreds of its citizens from the war-torn city in the early days of the heavy fighting between the army and the RDF, the North African country has advised against traveling to Khartoum and other Sudanese cities.

Source: Morocco World News