Sudan: Military Attachés

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th November 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2018 to Question 185485 on Sudan: Military Attachés, whether the UK Government recognises the Rapid Support Forces as a legitimate part of the Sudanese Armed Forces.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Rapid Support Forces Act of January 2017 removed the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) from the command of the National Intelligence and Security Service and set out that Sudan's president would appoint directly the commander of the RSF. The British Government acknowledges the links between the RSF and the Sudanese Armed Forces, including the hosting of RSF personnel at Sudanese Armed Forces facilities, but seeks where possible to avoid active engagement with the RSF.

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