Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan on Saturday made an impromptu trip to Entebbe, Uganda where he held discussions with President Yoweri Museveni.
According to reports from Khartoum, Gen. al-Burhan was accompanied to Uganda by his Foreign Affairs minister, Ali Al-Sadiq, and the Director of the General Intelligence Service, Ahmed Ibrahim Mufaddal.
The Ugandan State House said, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was in the East African country for a one-day state visit. Officials described the trip as a one-day working visit.
Sudan has been at war since violent clashes broke out in the capital between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
There have been attempts to bring the warring sides to a negotiation table but suspicion has been rising concerning composition of mediation team.
For example in July, Gen Yasir Alatta, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) ordered President Williams Ruto of Kenya to quit the mediation talks because he was allegedly playing a mercenary role.
Gen Yasir Alatta accused President Ruto, of “being a mercenary for another country”—which he did not name. He claimed that the unnamed country that supports Ruto is also a major backer of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.
Lt.Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told President Ruto that he is ready to halt hositilities on condition that the RSF soldiers are removed from the capital Khartoum.
President Ruto is said to have told Lt.Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to cooperate with IGAD and consider ceasfire.
Ruto also proposed parallel mediation talks under the Jeddah Imitative fronted by the US and SAaudi Arabia should work hand in hand with IGAD to avoid duplicity.
The Sudanese Sovereign Council noted that Lt.Gen. al-Burhan’s visit to Uganda was also aimed at discussing the Sudanese position from the IGAD mediation group.
Sudan rejects the chairmanship of Kenyan President William Ruto of the IGAD Quartet Group casting doubts about his neutrality in the conflict with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).