Egypt says it will host a summit of Sudan’s neighbours on July 13 to discuss ways to end a 12-week conflict between rival Sudanese military factions, as the United Nations warns the country is on the brink of a “full-scale civil war”.
In a statement on Sunday, Egypt’s presidency said the summit in Cairo on Thursday aims to develop effective mechanisms with neighbouring states to settle the conflict peacefully, in coordination with other regional or international efforts.
Diplomatic efforts to stop the fighting between Sudan’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have so far proved ineffective, with competing initiatives creating confusion over how the warring parties might be brought to negotiate.
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Neither Egypt, which is seen as the Sudanese army’s most important foreign ally, nor the United Arab Emirates, which has had close ties to the RSF, have so far played a prominent public role.
The two countries were also not involved in talks in Jeddah led by the United States and Saudi Arabia that adjourned last month after failing to secure a lasting ceasefire.