Sudan remains committed to an Arab-led alliance fighting in Yemen, state news agency SUNA quoted President Omar al-Bashir as saying, three weeks after the Sudanese defense minister said Khartoum was assessing its participation in the Yemen war.
Sudan has at least 3,000 ground troops and several fighter jets fighting in Yemen as part of the military alliance. Dozens of Sudanese soldiers have been killed on battlefronts, local and Yemeni media have reported.
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SUNA said Bashir, at a meeting Wednesday with Saudi Arabia’s assistant Defense Minister Mohammad Abdullah al-Aish, said economic hardship will not deter Khartoum from “playing its Arab role in restoring legitimacy in Yemen, given that Sudan’s declared principle is to defend the land of the two holy mosques.”
Sudan’s Defense Minister Ali Salem told Parliament this month Khartoum was assessing its participation in the operations. Aish said Riyadh thanks Khartoum for the “heroic roles played by Sudanese forces that contributed to victories and progress” in the Yemen operations.
Sudanese parliamentarian Hassan Othman Rizq, who has spearheaded a campaign for withdrawing forces from Yemen, told Reuters earlier this month the decision to dispatch troops there was illegal because lawmakers had not approved it.
Sudanese Lawmakers Push for Withdrawal from Yemen Military Campaign
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A number of Sudanese MPs urged President Omar al-Bachir to withdraw the country’s troops fighting in Yemen as part of a wider coalition led by the Saudi Arabia.
The country’s involvement in the bloody Yemeni war has been condemned as ‘unconstitutional’ by the Allinace for Change political party in Sudan.
“Dispatching Sudanese army soldiers and members of the Rapid Support Forces is an unconstitutional measure, and carried out without having been remitted to the parliament,” the lawmakers said in a statement on Sunday.
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“Sudan should not interfere in the affairs of other countries,” Abulgasim Burtom, the chairman of the Alliance for Change, said. “The Interim Constitution of Sudan is clear: The president of the Republic has no right to decide to send an army [to fight] abroad.”
According to the Yemini Ministry of Human Rights, up to 600,000 people have been killed and injured since the Saudi-led coalition waged a war to reinstate the former Yemini regime.