AA / Khartoum / Behram Abdelmunim
Sudanese parties on Monday announced their support for ongoing talks between the army and the Rapid Support Forces in the Saudi city of Jeddah aimed at reaching a ceasefire.
This is according to two separate statements issued by the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC – the former ruling coalition) and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, as the Jeddah talks are in their third day.
In their statement, the Forces of Freedom and Change affirmed that they “support the talks conducted in the Saudi city of Jeddah, within the framework of the US-Saudi initiative, in order to reach a ceasefire and a comprehensive political solution to resolve the contentious issues”.
The Sudanese Revolutionary Front, for its part, stressed in a press release that it “welcomes the attitudes of the representatives of the two parties to the conflict, the army and the Rapid Support Forces, during the negotiations in Jeddah, insofar as they recognize that they have a responsibility to alleviate the suffering of citizens by taking the necessary measures and arrangements for security”.
The Revolutionary Front, which includes armed movements, called on “both parties to strictly respect the terms of the truce and not to hinder the delivery of the necessary aid”.
Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that the talks, which began on Saturday in Jeddah between representatives of the Sudanese army and those of the Rapid Support Forces, “will continue for several more days”, in order to reach a “cease -effective fire”.
Several regions of Sudan, including Khartoum (in the center), have been the scene of clashes since April 15 between the army, commanded by Abdelfattah al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces, led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, “Hemidti”, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, in a most difficult humanitarian context.
According to Sudan’s health ministry, fighting between the two military rivals has so far left at least 550 people dead and more than 4,900 injured.
*Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj
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