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Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali al-Sadiq has revealed that Chad has requested an apology from Sudan over accusations that it supported the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in their ongoing conflict with the Sudanese army. But he maintained that his government would not apologize.

On November 27, Lt Gen Yasir al-Atta, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Army and member of the Sovereign Council, accused Chad of allowing Emirati weapons and ammunition to be transported through its airports to support the RSF.

He stated that Chad summoned Sudan’s ambassador and demanded an apology for Al-Atta’s statements within three days. The Chadian government threatened to take unspecified “measures” if Sudan did not comply.

The request was firmly rejected, stating that Sudan’s accusations were based on evidence, including satellite images and aerial photography, that Chad had provided logistical support to the RSF through the UAE.

He explained that Sudan’s embassy in N’Djamena and consulate in Abéché had attempted to present this evidence to Chadian authorities, but they had disregarded it.

He explained that Chad’s position on the conflict had initially been neutral, but it had changed after Emirati officials visited N’Djamena.

Despite having evidence of Emirati involvement in the conflict, Sudan did not initially provoke the UAE. However, Sudan retaliated after the UAE expelled Sudanese diplomats from its territory, said the minister. He emphasized that international law permits Sudan to respond to such actions.

In response to al-Atta accusations, the UAE government requested that the Sudanese military attaché his deputy and the cultural attaché leave the country. Sudan retaliated by expelling 15 Emirati diplomats.

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