Participants in Sudan’s national dialogue approved Sunday a national document that will be the base for the country’s permanent constitution.
At a meeting chaired by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the participants signed the document, which will be endorsed officially on Monday.
Al-Bashir, addressing the procedural session, said the document expressed the will of the Sudanese people and can be a base for ruling the country.
“The national document, upon which you have agreed, has expressed all views and aspirations,” he said, pointing out that the door would be open to whoever wants to join it.
“The agreement of the Sudanese political parties closes the door in face of the conspirators who target the country with war, economic siege and the International Criminal Court,” he added.
The general assembly is scheduled to meet in Khartoum on Monday with the participation of the presidents of Egypt, Chad, Mauritania and Uganda, as well as the prime minister of Ethiopia, the secretary general of the Arab League, envoys from China and Russia and representatives of the UN and regional and international organizations.
In January 2014, al-Bashir declared an initiative calling on the opposition parties and the armed groups to join a national dialogue to end the country’s crises.
The sessions of the dialogue kicked off in October 2015 in a bid to resolve the country’s political and social issues.
The conference was launched with the participation of a number of Sudanese political parties, civil society organizations and some Darfur armed groups.
However, major political parties and armed movements refused to participate in the conference, including the Revolutionary Front Alliance, which brings together the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector and the major Darfur armed movements.
The Darfur armed groups and the SPLM/northern sector insist that a preparatory conference should be held, according to decisions of the AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council, to bring together all the Sudanese political forces to agree on procedures to initiate an equitable dialogue with the government, a demand that the Sudanese government rejects.