News: Hemeti arrives in Addis Abeba as IGAD backed meeting with al-Burhan postponed

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo received by Deputy PM and Foreign Affairs minister Demeke Mekonen (Photo: Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry)

Addis Abeba – General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Commander of Sudan’s paramilitary, Rapid Support Forces (RSF), arrived in Addis Abeba earlier today, according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonen, upon arriving at the Bole International Airport.

The visit comes in the backdrop of the postponement of the much-anticipated meeting between Sudan’s warring generals, the leader of the Sudanese Army and Sudan’s Sovereign Council general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and commander of the RSF general Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemeti.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Djibouti, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-backed meeting, which was set to take place in Djibouti on 28 December 2023, has been postponed due to “technical reasons”.

The meeting, which was to be held under the chairmanship of Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh, aiming to negotiate a ceasefire and the resumption of humanitarian aid in Sudan is now expected to be held in early January.

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had acknowledged the planned meeting for Thursday but said it was later informed by Djibouti’s foreign ministry about the postponement, as the RSF delegation was unable to attend the scheduled talks.

Prior to traveling to Addis Abeba, general Hamdan Dagalo met with Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni in Kampala, after which he expressed commitment to adhere to the outcomes of the IGAD presidents’ Summit held in Djibouti to end the war. AS

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