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Diplomatic Tensions Escalate Between Sudan and the UAE Amidst Ongoing Conflict

Sudan and UAE Ambassadors Clash at the UN Security Council Meeting
Sudan and UAE Ambassadors Clash at the UN Security Council Meeting

By: ATN News

United Nations: Diplomatic tensions between Sudan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reached a boiling point following a heated exchange at the United Nations Security Council. The spat highlights the complexities of the ongoing conflict in Sudan, where warring factions and external influences continue to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis.

Sudan’s Accusations

Sudan’s representative accused the UAE of supporting the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group involved in severe atrocities across the country. The Sudanese envoy presented what he claimed were six Emirati passports found during military operations in Khartoum, suggesting direct involvement by the UAE in the conflict. He called on the Security Council to condemn the UAE's actions, asserting that such support perpetuates violence and destabilizes Sudan further.

UAE’s Rebuttal

In response, the UAE’s delegate vehemently denied the allegations, labeling them as “ludicrous” and a distraction from the real issues on the ground. The UAE representative emphasized the country's substantial humanitarian contributions, including a $70 million aid package directed through United Nations agencies. He criticized Sudan’s leadership for not engaging in peace talks, specifically pointing out their absence from the Jeddah discussions aimed at negotiating a ceasefire.

Ongoing Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis

The discord between Sudan and the UAE unfolds against a backdrop of escalating violence and humanitarian disaster in Sudan. Reports from UN officials paint a grim picture:

  • Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, reported on severe ethnic atrocities and widespread shelling, noting that from April 16 to June 9, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documented 192 civilian deaths.

  • Edem Wosornu, Director of Operations and Advocacy at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, warned of an imminent famine affecting millions and highlighted that 130,000 people have been displaced since April.

  • Limiaa Ahmed, Senior Program Director at the Sudan Family Planning Association, underscored the dire impact on women, citing rampant sexual violence and a critical need for reproductive health services.

International Reactions and Mediation Efforts

International actors have expressed concern and called for immediate action:

  • The United Kingdom and the United States condemned the obstruction of humanitarian aid and called for unrestricted access to affected regions.

  • Russia and China highlighted the need for respect for Sudanese sovereignty, criticizing external interference and advocating for a political resolution to the conflict.

  • France and Japan stressed the importance of abiding by international humanitarian laws and stopping the flow of arms fueling the conflict.

Future Implications

The exchange at the UN underscores the intricate web of international interests and the urgent need for a coordinated response to alleviate the suffering in Sudan. The Security Council faces a daunting task of balancing geopolitical dynamics while ensuring humanitarian aid reaches those in desperate need.


As the conflict in Sudan rages on, the accusations between Sudan and the UAE spotlight the broader issues of external involvement and the need for effective international mediation. The UN and its member states must navigate these diplomatic challenges to foster peace and provide relief to millions of Sudanese caught in the crossfire.



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