Qatari emir, Sudanese president hold talks on Darfur

10:31, February 04, 2010      

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Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani held talks on Wednesday with Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir on the Darfur conflict, Qatar News Agency reported.

Following the meeting, Sudan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ali Ahmed Karti said the summit covered the whole situation in Sudan and also included the Doha-hosted peace talks between Darfur rivals and the government as well as international and regional issues of mutual concern.

The report however did not give further details about the outcome of the summit.

President Bashir is in Doha on an unannounced one-day visit to Qatar which currently hosts a new round of peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebel movements of Darfur that kicked off on Jan. 24.

The two sides had dispatched key players to Doha on the Darfur peace process, after several postponements since their last meeting in May 2009. But neither Khartoum nor the rebel groups seemed to stand ready for face-to-face talks as expected, as they turned to separate consultations with the mediators instead.

Four days after the relaunch of the Doha talks, chief of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Ibrahim Gambari urged the Sudanese government and Darfur rebel groups to make concessions to help achieve peace in Darfur.

Source: Xinhua
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