Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the commander of the Sudanese army, made his third journey overseas during his nearly five-month conflict with paramilitaries on Thursday, according to officials, and he was in Doha for discussions with the emir of Qatar.
Burhan and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar will “discuss bilateral relations, issues of common interest, and the situation in Sudan,” according to a statement from Sudan’s ruling sovereign council.
In a picture shared by the official Qatar News Agency on X, formerly Twitter, Burhan could be seen escorting State Minister of State Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al Khulaifi from his plane along a red carpet.
Burhan issued a proclamation late on Wednesday evening dismantling the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary group that Sudan’s regular army has been at war with since April 15.
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The proclamation stated that the decision was made in light of the fallout from these forces’ uprising against the government, the serious human rights abuses they committed against residents, and the intentional destruction of the nation’s infrastructure.
Burhan visited regional friends in recent weeks after spending months under siege inside the military headquarters in Khartoum. Burhan made his first venture outdoors last month.
Since then, he has been based in Port Sudan in the east of the nation, which has been spared the fighting and where the government and the UN have retreated.
It also has the sole operational airport in Sudan.
He traveled to Egypt, historically his closest ally, late last month on his first trip abroad. This week, he traveled to South Sudan.
After numerous attempts at mediation in the early months of the war failed, Cairo and Juba have both made an effort to organize efforts to halt the violence.
Before the two mediators ended discussions in June, several truces mediated by the United States and Saudi Arabia were routinely broken.
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s conservative estimate states that the war has so far claimed the lives of at least 5,000 individuals.
According to the UN, it has also driven 4.8 million people from their homes, one million of whom have crossed international borders. The UN anticipates that these figures will continue to climb.