Khartoum, Nov. 22 (SUNA) - The President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, General Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, praised the efforts made by the Regional Coordination Committee of the heads of the security and intelligence services in the Great Lakes region by addressing the risks and threats facing the countries of the region and the African continent in general.

During his address to the 17th meeting of the Regional Coordination Committee of the Directors and Heads of the Security and Intelligence Services in the Great Lakes Region(ICGLR), at the Headquarter of the Higher Academy for Strategic and Security Studies, in Soba suburb of Khartoum, today, His Excellency stressed that African security, in light of the current international changes, requires the countries of the continent, especially the countries of The Lakes Region, to strengthen cooperation and tightening coordination to bridge security gaps.

He said that he is fully convinced that the Regional Coordination Committee and its mechanisms are qualified to overcome all security challenges in the region, especially combating negative phenomena represented by negative movements and issues of terrorism and extremism.

The President of the TSC announced Sudan's readiness to contribute with a positive and conciliatory role to extinguish conflict hotspots in the continent and the region, and to advance efforts to achieve security and peace in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, beside the restoration of relations between the two countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, indicating that Sudan has been playing a pioneering role for the stability of the region and the security of the African continent, through its sponsorship of the peace agreements in the State of South Sudan, and the Khartoum peace of the Central African Republic, in addition to hosting large numbers of refugees who came to Sudan as a result of conflicts in neighboring countries.

He pointed out that Sudan is looking forward to a new phase, in which the people look forward to a national consensus in which all political, societal and youth forces participate, pointing to the emergence of a number of initiatives to reach a solution to the current situation.

Al-Burhan has renewed assurances that the military institution would leave the political process to reach an agreement that leads to a transitional civilian government composed of independent national competencies, to lead the country to free and fair elections, adding that the armed forces will work to protect the transitional period and preserve and protect the homeland.

Meanwhile, the Director of the General Intelligence Service, Lieutenant General Ahmed Ibrahim Mufaddal, the Director of Security and Intelligence Service of Angola, and Ambassador Yassir Ibrahim, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), addressed the opening session.

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