UAE, Sudan’s army-controlled govt clash at UN over civil war

Tensions flared at the UN Security Council on Tuesday as Sudan’s military controlled government accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of arming a rival faction in Sudan’s ongoing 14-month civil war.

Sudan’s UN Ambassador, Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, claimed the UAE has been supplying weapons to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Seated side by side at the council table, UAE UN Ambassador Mohamed Abushahab dismissed the accusations as “ludicrous” and unfounded, arguing that Sudan was attempting to deflect attention from severe human rights violations occurring within the country.

Conflict erupted in April last year between the Sudanese army and the RSF over the transition to democratic elections.

The UN reports that nearly 25 million Sudanese—half the population—now require aid, with famine looming and eight million people displaced.

The UAE has consistently denied any military involvement in the conflict.

The Security Council recently passed a resolution urging nations to avoid actions that could exacerbate the conflict and reminding member states of their obligations to adhere to the arms embargo on Darfur.

Abushahab challenged his Sudanese counterpart, questioning why Sudan’s government refuses to participate in peace talks in Jeddah and why it is obstructing aid.

“You should stop grandstanding in international fora such as this and instead, take responsibility for ending the conflict you started,” Abushahab added.

In a heated response, Mohamed accused the UAE of sponsoring terrorism, insisting that genuine peace efforts must begin with sincere intentions.

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