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Sudan suspends membership in east African bloc


Sudan's Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday the country has frozen its membership in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African bloc.

Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, informed the president of the current session of the IGAD of Sudan's decision to freeze its membership in the bloc, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, Sudan's move came as a result of "the IGAD's disregard of Sudan's decision, which was officially conveyed to it, to freeze dealing with the bloc on any issues related to Sudan, which did not happen at the IGAD's extraordinary summit held in Uganda on Thursday."

Last week, Sudan voiced its objection to the IGAD summit, scheduled on January 18 in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, to discuss the situation in Sudan, noting what is happening in Sudan is an internal affair.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency
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