Qatar, Sudan set up joint group to work to end Darfur conflict

A joint political committee setup by Qatar and Sudan will meet twice a year in an effort to overcome regional conflicts and bring an end to the decades-long Darfur conflict, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, said the two countries have agreed to form a joint political committee which will meet every six months to discuss geo-political and bilateral matters.

“I met the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and discussed with him the regional issues and handed him a letter from his counterpart the Emir of Qatar,” Al Thani said.

One of the messages sent by Emir Tamim Bin Hammad Al Thani was to push forward a peace deal in Darfur.

In 2011, Qatar created the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) after 20 months of negotiations, which formed a framework for peace. The government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement signed the document in July of the same year. Qatar’s approach seeks to address the root causes of the conflict, including power sharing, human rights and wealth sharing. Recently, one of the major rebel groups has indicated that it wishes to join the DDPD.

source: middleeastmonitor