Khartoum, Nov. 21 (SUNA) - The member of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Jaber, the special envoy of the President of the TSC to the heads of the IGAD countries, returned to Khartoum today, after a tour during which he met the heads of state of Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti, along with the secretary of the IGAD organization.

He was received at Khartoum Airport by the Secretary-General of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Mohammed Al-Ghali.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Daffallah Al-Haj Ali, described in press statements upon the TSC member’s delegation arrival at Khartoum Airport today, that the visit was fruitful and pushed Sudan's bilateral relations after meetings with the heads and leaders of the IGAD countries.

He said: "All of them affirmed their solidarity and cooperation with Sudan, the current president of IGAD, to achieve the goals of the road map set by Sudan to activate the IGAD organization."

Ambassador Dafallah noted that all the presidents whom the delegation met: "believed that they would all be keen to send the foreign ministers of their countries to the ministerial meeting that will be held in Khartoum on the 30th of this month." He continued to indicate that such a visit at a presidential level allows for greater understanding with the heads of these countries.

Ambassador Dafallah pointed out in the press briefing he held with Lieutenant General Issam Karrar, the Head of the National Mechanism for IGAD Support, that the aim of the visit was to deliver messages from the President of the TSC, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the Chairman of the IGAD current session, to the heads of state of Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia.

He noted that: "the message in essence was dealing about the road map known as 2023 regarding the activation of the IGAD organization in the areas of peace and security for the IGAD region in order to activate all IGAD mechanisms for the benefit of the countries and peoples of the region." He added:, "It is true that we have embassies in those countries, but the visit provided an opportunity for a direct meeting with the heads of those countries, and they were shared by Lieutenant General Ibrahim Jaber about the political process in the country and the government's determination to reach a political consensus that leads to a government to lead the country to a free and fair elections."

He went on saying: "There was a very big impact made by addressing the presidents who believed in the importance of security and stability in Sudan, and expressed their conviction of the pioneering role that Sudan plays in the past and now, regarding the geopolitics of Sudan and the huge resources it possesses that can benefit the peoples of the organization’s countries."

Ambassador Daffallah Al-Haj conveyed to the reporters at Khartoum Airport that the heads of the IGAD countries emphasized: "The importance of communication at the presidential level and envoys despite their conviction of the presence of embassies, because such a visit at the presidential level allows the great understanding with the heads of these countries, and they also talked about the importance of communication and connection building between the heads of state of the region during Sudan's current presidency of the organization.”

At the end of the press briefing, Ambassador Daffallah hinted at the possibility of holding a summit meeting at the level of the heads of the IGAD countries , noting: "Perhaps there will be a presidential summit that will bring them all together soon so that they can enhance joint cooperation between the presidents."

It is worth noting that the special delegation of the President of the Sovereignty Council included, in addition to Lieutenant General Ibrahim Jaber, the Special Envoy of the President of the TSC to the IGAD countries, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant General Essam Karrar, Head of the National Mechanism to Support IGAD, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dafallah, and representatives of the relevant bodies.

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