Following the January 18th extraordinary summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African trade-bloc, IGAD released a statement calling upon both sides in the war in Sudan to uphold their commitments and meet face to face within two weeks.
Previously, the two sides had agreed to a meeting in December, hosted by IGAD, however this meeting was postponed till January due to “technical issues”. January 18th was supposed to be that meeting, however Sudan withdrew from the meeting completely, and also suspended cooperation with IGAD after IGAD extended an invitation to RSF leader General Mohamed ‘Hemedti’ Hamdan Daglo.
Whether IGAD’s hopes will be fulfilled and a meeting between Sudan’s government and the RSF will actually take place remains to be seen, as no date has been set.
IGAD’s communique may be read in full here.