Saudi’s foreign minister and US Secretary Blinken call for an end to the fighting in Sudan
The continuing events in Sudan were the topic of a phone conversation between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, according to a statement released by the Saudi foreign ministry Tuesday night.
Blinken called Prince Faisal, emphasizing “the significance of stopping the military escalation, ending the violence, and de-escalating tensions” in Sudan.
Both parties concurred that civilians and foreign nationals living in the nation must be protected “in a manner that ensures the security and stability of Sudan and its brotherly people.”
The warring parties have previously been encouraged by the authorities to put an end to hostilities between General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Sudanese army, and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Despite pleas for a ceasefire, fighting between the two groups have continued since the weekend. At least 185 people have died in the conflict, and more than 1,800 have been injured.
An urgent meeting of the Arab League was held on Sunday at the request of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, at which it was emphasized that peaceful negotiations must resume and that a new phase must be established that “fulfills the aspirations of the amiable Sudanese people and contributes to strengthening political and economic security and stability.”
Prince Faisal and Blinken spoke on the phone about a variety of other subjects, including “aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries [and] prospects for cooperation in various fields.”