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UN Secretary-General in Kenya to Discuss Sudan Crisis

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres, has arrived in the country for a two-day official visit. During his visit, he plans to hold talks with President William Ruto about the security and humanitarian situation in Sudan.

Additionally, Guterres will be consulting with all the Heads of UN Agencies who are meeting in Nairobi this week.

President Ruto has been discussing ways to end the crisis in Sudan with the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. The focus has been on the recent violence that broke out primarily in Khartoum between rival military factions battling for control of Africa’s third-largest country.

The conflict began after members of the RSF were redeployed around the country, which was seen as a threat by the army.

Sudan has been run by a council of generals since a coup in 2021. Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the armed forces, and his deputy, Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, have disagreed on the direction the country is going in and the proposed move towards civilian rule.

Plans to include the 100,000-strong RSF into the army have also caused disagreements, particularly regarding who would lead the new force. Gen Dagalo has accused Gen Burhan’s government of being “radical Islamists” and is fighting for the people of Sudan.

President Ruto expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia in negotiating a ceasefire. He noted that Kenya would work closely with UN agencies and other organizations to coordinate, scale up, and deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan. The ceasefire will guarantee that aid will be delivered smoothly.

On his visit, the President also met with former Sudan Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. They discussed how best to deliver food, water, and medicine to the people of Sudan.

The humanitarian crisis in Sudan is severe, and the country needs help. The leaders hope that their efforts will alleviate some of the suffering experienced by the people.



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