Sudan recalls ambassador to Kenya over RSF leader’s visit

Friday, January 5th, 2024 09:26 | By
President William Ruto with Sudan's Rapid Support Forces leader General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo
President William Ruto with Sudan's Rapid Support Forces leader General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo. PHOTO/@WilliamsRuto/X

Sudan recalled its ambassador to Kenya on Thursday in protest against the warm reception given to Sudanese paramilitary commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo by Kenyan President William Ruto.

Sudan's Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Al-Sadiq confirmed the summoning of Kamal Gubara in protest against the Kenyan government's official reception Wednesday for Dagalo, popularly known as Hemeti, who heads the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Quoting Al-Sadiq, the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) highlighted the significance of the move, saying "the consultation with their ambassador will cover all possibilities for the outcome of Sudan’s relations with Kenya."

Kenya said the meeting between Ruto and Dagalo was aimed at fostering lasting peace in Sudan, which has been facing clashes between the Sudanese army and the RSF since mid-April 2023.

According to the UN, the conflict has resulted in the loss of at least 12,000 lives, with more than 33,000 people sustaining injuries.

The humanitarian impact is severe, with an estimated 24.8 million people, nearly one-half of Sudan's population, requiring urgent assistance in 2024.

Dagalo's visit to Nairobi is part of a broader regional tour that has seen him engage with leaders in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda in recent weeks. He is currently in South Africa.

The RSF leader's diplomatic engagements have drawn mixed reactions, particularly due to the ongoing conflict in Sudan.

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