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Hamdok discusses regional issues with African heads, US envoy

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok held talks regarding regional issues with various African presidents, as well as the US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Hamdok’s talks came within the framework of discussing various issues and developments in the region, and ways to advance solutions that provide stability, peace, and regional security.

Hamdok, as reported by Sudan News Agency on Monday, had contacted each of the South African, Ugandan, Kenyan, Rwandese, Djiboutian, South Sudanese and Somali heads of state.

It is worth noting that neither the Eritrean president nor the Ethiopian prime minister were included in the telephone communications.

The Sudanese Prime Minister, in his capacity as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), presented Sudan’s stance on various regional issues.

Hamdok also listened to the opinions and expressed visions by the various leaders regarding finding solutions to the various African challenges affecting the region and the continent as a whole.

The Horn of Africa has been witnessing rising tensions ever since the armed fighting began in Ethiopia.

The Horn had also witnessed tensions between Kenya and Somalia that had at one time led to the severing of all diplomatic ties before they were restored.

Relations between Sudan and Ethiopia have soured over the past year, due to issues at the border and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam debacle.

Jeffrey Feltman, the US envoy to the Horn who had visited the region twice this year, was appointed in an effort by the US government to quell military and political tensions witnessed throughout the region.

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