Sudan stresses keenness to make Jeddah negotiating platform successful-Xinhua

Sudan stresses keenness to make Jeddah negotiating platform successful

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-07-09 05:51:30

KHARTOUM, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Monday stressed the keenness to make the Jeddah negotiating platform a success.

Al-Burhan made the remarks while receiving Waleed bin Abdulkarim El-Khereiji, deputy foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, in Port Sudan, the capital city of the Red Sea State in eastern Sudan, the sovereign council said in a statement.

"The discussions dealt with the call to resume the Jeddah platform," Hussein Awad, undersecretary of Sudan's Foreign Ministry, was quoted in the statement as saying, noting that Al-Burhan has stressed "Sudan's keenness to make the Jeddah platform a success as a foundation to build on."

However, Awad added that Al-Burhan expressed reservations over the presence of any party supporting the "rebel militia."

The undersecretary added that, during the meeting, El-Khereiji stressed Saudi Arabia's commitment to the security and stability of Sudan, recognizing that Sudan's stability directly influences the security and stability of the region.

Since May 2023, Saudi Arabia and the United States had been sponsoring talks between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah. Several truces were reached, but both sides have accused each other of breaching the agreements.

The Jeddah peace talks were suspended in October 2023 over fundamental differences between the Sudanese warring parties.

Sudan has been embroiled in a deadly conflict between the SAF and the RSF since mid-April 2023, which has so far claimed at least 16,650 lives, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in an update last month.

Over 7.7 million people have been displaced internally within Sudan since the outbreak of the conflict, while about 2.2 million others have crossed borders into neighboring countries, according to the figures released on June 25 by the UN International Organization for Migration.