The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday called on the international community to lift crippling sanctions imposed on its member states Sudan and South Sudan.
Both countries which have simmering internal civil conflicts have been slapped with several rounds of UN and western nations’ sanctions over alleged human rights abuses.
In a press statement, the eight-member trading and security bloc said the lifting of sanctions on Sudan and South Sudan will enable both countries to rebuild their economies and smoothen both countries’ political transition.
IGAD said it appreciates the ongoing efforts by the South Sudanese parties to silence the guns over the last one year.
The east African bloc also commended the government and the people of Sudan for transitioning into civilian rule and for their resilience and determination.
The statement from IGAD comes one day after Sudan was chosen to take over the chair position of IGAD replacing Ethiopia which had held the position for about nine years. Sudan is expected to hold the position for one year.
IGAD has been mediating an end to the civil war in South Sudan ever since conflict broke out in the world’s newest nation in December 2013.
The East African bloc has also been trying to end the political and economic isolation of Sudan, especially after a technocratic government led by new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok assumed office in August 2019.