World Bulletin / News Desk
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Saturday asked opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi to clear himself of a deal he signed in August with some militant groups as a condition for being readmitted into a national dialogue suggested by the Sudanese president in January.
Addressing members and leaders of his ruling party in the capital Khartoum, al-Bashir said his government would never do anything that would sap the resolve of Sudanese troops, including an alliance with the Revolutionary Front.
The front is a coalition of four militant groups fighting against the government of Khartoum in eight of Sudan's 18 states, including five in the western Darfur region.
Al-Bashir said his country's rebel groups could participate in Sudan's political process, provided that they laid down their arms.
"To al-Mahdi I say, you are welcome to the dialogue, but you have to clear yourself of the Paris Declaration [the agreement the opposition leader signed with the militant groups] first," al-Bashir said during the ruling party's meeting.
Sudan remains plagued by rifts and conflict between the army and various rebel movements – especially in the country's restive southern and western regions – along with a deteriorating economy.
Last year, what had initially appeared as a popular uprising in some parts of the country against the long-serving al-Bashir was swiftly and brutally put down by security forces.
Earlier this month, Sudanese opposition parties – both those based at home and abroad – agreed to join dialogue talks with the government under a single umbrella.Last Mod: 27 Eylül 2014, 16:52