| 12 April 2024, Friday |

Washington coordinates with Riyadh on new move in Sudan

The US State Department said on Tuesday that Washington was conducting regional consultations on a new move to stop the war in Sudan, and hoped to make an announcement in the next few days.

A senior official in the US State Department said that the two parties to the conflict were not taking advantage of the opportunity that the United States and Saudi Arabia provided to them through the Jeddah talks.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters in Washington that the Jeddah talks, which aim to take steps towards a permanent cessation of hostilities, were not achieving success with regards to the initial agreement with the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

“We are currently consulting with the Saudis, Africans, Arabs and other partners on the way forward in Sudan, and we hope to announce an approach in the next few days,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry expressed reservations over the provisions of the initiative of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development in East Africa (IGAD), which was launched on Monday during a summit in Djibouti, in order to resolve the conflict in Sudan.

The ministry said that the Sudanese delegation to the summit objected to a number of clauses in the final statement, including Kenya’s chairmanship of the quartet (consisting of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya), which is charged with following up on efforts to reach a solution.

In turn, the leader of the RSF, Mohammad Hamdan Dagalo (known as Hemedti), blamed the Sudanese Foreign Ministry for harming Sudanese relations regionally and internationally, and affirmed his “full support for the efforts of the United Nations Integrated Mission, led by German Volker Peretz.”

In a statement on Twitter, Hemedti said that the humanitarian support provided by the United Nations, the US Agency for International Development, the King Salman Relief Center, and other organizations, was “extremely important for our country and our people.”

He also accused the army commander, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, of failing to adhere to international agreements.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat