Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki on Aug. 2 announced a preliminary meeting among East Sudan’s tribal leaders, summoning them to Asmara next week in anticipation of a conference aimed at identifying a solution capable of ending the region’s repeated inter-communal violence.

According to Sudanese press reports, the conference – whose date has not yet been set – will be held in Sudan’s eastern region and will facilitate the participation of political and tribal leaders, local administrators and representatives of the different tribal components (

The initiative has been planned for some time and discussed repeatedly over the past few months by Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and the chairman of the Sovereign Transitional Council, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

Eritrea had already hosted the Sudanese peace dialogues in 2006, facilitating the meeting between government authorities and those of the Sudanese Front, operating at the time in the border regions with Eritrea.


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