April 18, 2023 (KHARTOUM) – On Tuesday, Shams al-Din Kabbashi, a member of the Transitional Sovereign Council in Sudan, accused two neighbouring countries of providing military support to the Rapid Support Forces (SRF).
International and regional organisations have called for an immediate end of the fighting in the capital Khartoum between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary forces. They also called for non-external intervention that may prolong the suffering of civilians.
In a telephone interview with Al-Hadath and Al-Arabiya TV channels on Tuesday, Kabbashi said that the RSF received supplies and weapons from one and the other sought to support them unsuccessfully.
“We have confirmed information that two neighbouring countries are providing support to the Rapid Support Forces, one of which is located in the west”.
Two planes delivered ammunition and supplies that were transported to another area. In addition, there was another attempt to land a third plane at Merowe airport, according to Kabbashi.
Without naming the countries involved in the ongoing war in Sudan, he hinted that the support came also from non-state armed actors who have sufficient autonomy and power.
“We regret that some countries carry out these actions, even if they are carried out by groups not under the control of those countries. The state is responsible in one way or another for the actions of its citizens, even if they are rebellious”.
He further disclosed that the two planes of western Sudan, in fact, “landed in a border area outside of Sudan and transported goods and supplies to a location within Sudanese territory.”
Chad and the Central African Republic are two countries that border Sudan in the west and southwest.
Experts and observers have warned against regional destabilisation as there are already armed conflicts in Libya and the Central African Republic and a fragile government in Chad between them.