Today, Sunday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed the need for the parties in Sudan to immediately end the hostilities, expressing his welcome for the opportunity to consult with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the UAE regarding the ongoing clashes in Sudan.
He said that the UAE, Saudi Arabia and America agreed on the need for the parties to immediately end hostilities without preconditions.
Blinken’s statement read:
“I welcomed the opportunity of April 15 to consult with Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, about the serious fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, which threatens the security and safety of Sudanese civilians. and undermine efforts to restore democratic transition in Sudan.”
He added, “We agreed that it is necessary for the two parties to end hostilities immediately without precondition. I urge Major General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Major General Mohamed Hamdan Diglu to take effective measures to reduce tensions and ensure the safety of all civilians.”
“The only way forward is to return to negotiations that support the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people,” he stressed.
Blinken concluded his statement by saying, “We continue to remain in close contact with our embassy in Khartoum and take full responsibility for our staff. We also communicate with US citizens who may be in the area about safety measures and other precautions.”
A US State Department official said that Secretary of State Blinken has communicated with his counterparts from countries with influence in Sudan that seek to stop the violence.
“We are deeply concerned about the levels of violence that we have seen in Sudan’s clashes,” the official added.
“The main concern is the safety of our soldiers and American citizens in Sudan,” he emphasized.
And while the dawn call to prayer was heard, on Sunday morning, in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, clashes with heavy weapons erupted, in continuation of the clashes that took place throughout Saturday night, at a time when the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors announced that the death toll as a result of the clashes had reached 56.
In the early hours of the morning, the General Command of the Sudanese Armed Forces announced in a statement that “the hour of victory is near,” heralding the Sudanese people with “good news soon,” while the Rapid Support Forces published a video clip that it said was to strike the headquarters of the ground forces of the Sudanese army.