The commander of the Rapid Support Forces in Sudan, Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, nicknamed Hemedti, said on Wednesday that he met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in his first known foreign visit since the outbreak of war between the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese army in April.
Dagalo said on the X platform that they discussed developments in Sudan, “and I also presented our vision for negotiating, stopping the war, and building the Sudanese state on new, just foundations.”
According to the United Nations, the bloody battles that broke out in mid-April between the Sudanese army led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Dagalo resulted in the death of more than 12,000 people and the displacement of seven million Sudanese, including 1.5 million people who took refuge in neighboring countries, according to the United Nations. Which considered that “the displacement crisis in Sudan is the largest in the world.”
Today, I was pleased to visit the sister Republic of Uganda and meet His Excellency the President @KagutaMuseveni
During the meeting, we discussed developments in the situation in Sudan and the resulting suffering of the Sudanese people.
I provided His Excellency President Museveni with a detailed explanation about the reasons for the outbreak of the war, which was ignited by the remnants with the assistance of their leaders in the armed forces… pic.twitter.com/KciRgGnm8S
— Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (@GeneralDagllo) December 27, 2023
This meeting, which was confirmed by the President of Uganda on his account on the ).
The sources said that it was agreed that the meeting would be without preconditions from both sides.
IGAD, which is participating in mediation efforts regarding the war in Sudan, said on December 10 that it had obtained a commitment from the two warring parties to implement a ceasefire and hold a political dialogue aimed at resolving the conflict.
Dagalo said, on Wednesday, on the X platform: “We are still adhering to the outcomes of the IGAD Presidents’ Summit that was held in Djibouti, and we will continue to implement what we committed to in order to end the war, relieve the suffering of our people, and restore security and stability to our country.”
But Dagalo did not confirm whether he would meet Al-Burhan or not.
The army and the Rapid Support Forces shared power after Bashir was ousted during a popular uprising in 2019. Before their fighting, they carried out a coup together in 2021 that ended efforts to push Sudan towards democracy.
The United States said earlier this month that it had officially concluded that both sides of the conflict had committed war crimes.
Indirect talks between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, mediated by Saudi Arabia and the United States, have repeatedly faltered, as both sides continue their military campaigns.