Sudan Welcomes Somalia’s Return to Election Process After Months-long Impasse


KHARTOUM (Somaliguardian) – Sudan has on Saturday welcomed a deal recently signed by Somalia’s government and regional presidents to hold elections within two months after a long-standing political crisis.

In a meeting held in Khartoum, Sudan’s foreign minister Maryam Sadiq Al-Mahdi and the chairperson of the African Union Commision Moussa Faki discussed recent political developments in Somalia after leaders of the war-torn nation reached a deal ending months-long impasse.

“Sudan is following up with great care and interest the details of the political situation in brotherly Somalia from the standpoint of brotherly relations and by virtue of Sudan’s leadership of IGAD,” Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement after the meeting concluded.

It also expressed “welcome [for] the consensus reached between the parties regarding the holding of Somalia’s elections”.

In April, Sudan raised concerns about tensions in Mogadishu over delayed polls after supporters of the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and opposition-aligned forces clashed in the capital.

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