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AU delegation assesses political, economic situations in Sudan

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The delegation of the African Union (AU) is on a three-day field mission to Sudan to assess the political, security, economic and humanitarian situations there.

The delegation of the AU Peace and Security Council, under the Chairmanship of Kenya’s Permanent Representative to AU, Jean Njeri Kamau, arrived in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, on Tuesday, according to a statement from the pan-African bloc on Wednesday.

The field mission is taking place in line with the Council’s mandate to promote and enhance peace, security and stability on the continent.

This is, in particular, as it relates to the implementation of its various decisions on the situation in Sudan.

During its mission, the Council would gather first-hand information regarding the political, security, economic and humanitarian developments in the country.

This would include the state of progress in the implementation of the Juba Agreement, challenges being faced.

It would also ascertain the next steps required in order to facilitate a successful transition in the country, according to the statement.

It is the fifth field mission of the AU Peace and Security Council to Sudan since March 2013.

The delegation comprises representatives of member states of the Council, including Burundi, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Senegal.

The delegation is also expected to reaffirm AU’s solidarity with the government and people of Sudan.

It is also expected to express its unwavering commitment to supporting the ongoing transition and encouraging the transitional government to continue implementing the signed agreements with a view to building a peaceful Sudan.

The delegation would hold consultations with a number of stakeholders, including the high officials of the transitional government, political parties, and civil society organisations.

Others include: the African Diplomatic Corps, representatives of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the European Union and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

With the field mission to be wrapped up on April 1, the delegation would also travel to El Fasher, North Darfur, where it would visit the Abushuk Internally Displaced Persons Camp and consult with UNAMID.(Xinhua/NAN)

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