Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has announced President William Ruto’s pivotal role in resolving the conflict in Sudan, highlighting the Western Block’s reliance on Ruto’s mediation to prevent further destabilization in the region.

During her tour of the East African region, Baerbock emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating, “Together with my partners in Djibouti, Kenya, and South Sudan, I will explore possibilities to bring generals Burhan and Hemeti finally to the negotiating table, so that they do not drag the people in Sudan deeper into the abyss and destabilise the region any further.”

Baerbock further revealed the potential imposition of sanctions targeting the Sudanese military leaders and their associates, emphasizing the need to hold them accountable for their actions against the civilian population and to influence their supporters from abroad.

The German foreign minister’s comments shed light on the gravity of the situation, with over 7.3 million citizens displaced from their homes, leading to a humanitarian crisis. Baerbock echoed Ruto’s belief in the necessity of a civil democratic government to end the crisis in Sudan.

The conflict, which began in April 2023, has defied previous mediation efforts, prompting Germany and its Western allies to turn to President Ruto for his diplomatic expertise in navigating the complex dynamics of the Sudanese conflict.