Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

Welcome to Foreign Policy’s weekly Africa Brief. This week’s highlights include East African efforts to quell conflicts in Sudan and Ethiopia, the meeting of leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement in Uganda, and Egypt’s soccer star Mo Salah battling injury at the Africa Cup of Nations. If you’re interested in this type of coverage, you can sign up to receive Africa Brief in your inbox every Wednesday.

East African leaders have urged Sudan’s warring generals to immediately stop fighting and meet in person within 14 days. In addition, they demanded that Ethiopia withdraw from its port access deal with Somaliland and seek consent from Somalia. The heads of state of the trade bloc known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) met Thursday in Entebbe, Uganda, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement and the G-77 plus China summits. East African officials agreed to establish a high-level panel to revise an African Union-proposed road map for peace in Sudan within one month.

Sudan has suspended its membership in IGAD and accused the bloc of “violating” the country’s sovereignty. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed did not attend the meeting and did not respond to IGAD’s directive regarding his country’s recent agreement with Somaliland. Somalia has rejected discussions with Addis Ababa over the port deal. U.S. officials are concerned that Ethiopia could further escalate the conflict.

The Non-Aligned Movement met in Uganda to demand an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and for nations in the global south to gain a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Nearly all African nations belong to the Non-Aligned Movement, a 120-member bloc formed during the Cold War among developing nations unwilling to align with the United States or the Soviet Union.

Finally, after reopening it only two years ago, Burundi has once again shut its border with Rwanda after Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye suspended diplomatic ties with Kigali. Ndayishimiye accused the Rwandan government of training RED-Tabara, a Burundian rebel militia.

That’s it for this week. Check back for our next Africa Brief. And don’t forget to sign up for our weekly newsletters to receive the latest African news and analysis. Thank you for reading.

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