The leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo of the Republic of Sudan, on Thursday met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu official residence in Pretoria.
Dagalo said he was privileged to engage in “fruitful” dialogue with the South African President on matters focused on the current developments in Sudan, especially in the context of the prevailing war.
According to the RSF leader, he briefed Ramaphosa on the root causes of the war in Sudan and the factors contributing to its persistence.
RELATED STORY: Sudan military factions’ negotiations in Jeddah ‘critical’
“We discussed the extensive damage that has been inflicted, especially the deliberate destruction of significant national infrastructure and the loss of civilian lives. Countless people have died or been forced to leave their homes due to indiscriminate air strikes.
“I informed President Ramaphosa about the considerable efforts taken to end this war, including initiatives through the Jeddah platform and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), he wrote on his X social media account.
Furthermore, Dagalo emphasized his commitment to cease hostilities “despite the challenges arising from the reluctance of the opposing force and their intentional efforts to prolong this conflict.”
“[Ramaphosa] welcomed the briefing from General Dagalo and commended the central role of the African Union and IGAD, under the chairship of Djibouti, in mediating between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and participation of the people of Sudan and civil society in finding a lasting solution to the security and political challenges,” the Presidency said.
Moreover, Dagalo highlighted the critical position of South Africa in conflict resolution and underscored the role that Ramaphosa could play in assisting the Sudanese people to surmount this crisis.
“Our aim is to secure a future marked by security, stability, and lasting peace in Sudan,” he added.