World Bulletin/News Desk
Sudanese opposition parties on Monday denied reports of a planned meeting between them and President Omar al-Bashir.
"There's no plan for a meeting with al-Bashir," Baath Party spokesman Mohamed Diaa told Anadolu Agency.
Sudan's official news agency reported that al-Bashir would meet opposition party leaders on Monday as part of a dialogue initiative.
But Diaa said his party was adamant that the opposition's conditions for talking with al-Bashir must first be fulfilled.
These sentiments were echoed by the Sudanese Communist Party.
"We won't accept dialogue unless the ruling National Congress Party meets our conditions in order to create a favorable environment for dialogue," the party declared in a statement.
In late January, al-Bashir presented his government partners with a proposed reform plan.
The opposition, however, has set several conditions for launching dialogue. These include scrapping laws restricting personal freedoms; releasing political detainees; investigating the death of anti-austerity protesters; and holding unconditional talks with various regional militant groups.
Sudan has remained on edge since the government announced a raft of austerity measures last September, including a major reduction of fuel subsidies. The move aimed to rein in a widening budget deficit and curb government spending.
At the time, the measures had triggered mass protests in several Sudanese cities.
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