Sudan fighting: Warring sides set for Saudi Arabia talks

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Sudan fighting: Warring sides set for Saudi Arabia talks: After several ceasefires failed, the warring armies in Sudan will meet for the first time in person on Saturday in Saudi Arabia.

The beginning of “pre-negotiation talks” between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Jeddah was praised in a joint statement from the US and Saudi Arabia. On Friday, reports indicated that fighting in Khartoum was continuing.

The talks, according to the Sudanese army, are meant to address humanitarian issues.

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The army confirmed that it had sent envoys to Jeddah to participate in the talks, which were demanded by the United Nations and aid organizations in light of the dire humanitarian situation in Sudan.

Hundreds of people have been killed and nearly 450,000 civilians have been displaced by nearly three weeks of intense fighting. According to of that aggregate, the Global Association for Movement, more than 115,000 have looked for asylum in adjoining nations.

Sudan’s military commandant Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan – the true Sudanese president – is participated in an unpleasant epic showdown with RSF pioneer Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, otherwise called Hemedti.

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“urge both parties to take in consideration the interests of the Sudanese nation and its people and actively engage in the talks towards a ceasefire and end to the conflict, which will spare the Sudanese people’s suffering and ensure the availability of humanitarian aid to affected areas,” the governments of the United States and Saudi Arabia said in a statement.

“an expanded negotiation process that should include engagement with all Sudanese parties” was also mentioned in the joint statement.

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James Elder, a spokesperson for Unicef, stated that the conflict’s first 11 days alone had resulted in the deaths of approximately 190 children and the injuries of 1,700, and those figures only included children who were treated at health facilities in Khartoum and Darfur. He stated, “The reality is likely to be much worse.”

The intensity of the fighting has prevented the delivery of much-needed aid.

Sudan fighting: Warring sides set for Saudi Arabia talks: Gen. Burhan and Hemedti, who commanded an Arab militia during the bloody conflict in Darfur, have shown little willingness to reach a peace agreement so far.