Sudan army returns to Jeddah for peace talks with RSF

Representatives of Sudan’s army arrived in Saudi Arabia to resume cease-fire talks with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), according to a Sudanese diplomatic source on Sunday.

“The army delegation returned to Jeddah city late Saturday to resume negotiations with the RSF,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu.

The Sudanese army suspended its participation in the cease-fire talks mediated by Saudi and US negotiators late May.

Army also boycotted IGAD talks in Addis Ababa last week after the foreign ministry in Khartoum expressed objections to Kenyan President William Ruto alleging that Nairobi had taken sides with the RSF.

The RSF, for its part, said it is ready to negotiate with the army to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict in Sudan.

“We have the political will to resume the negotiations to end the suffering of civilians,” a source within the group told Anadolu.

Sudan has been ravaged by clashes between the army and the RSF since April, in a conflict that has killed some 3,000 civilians and injured thousands, according to local medics.

Several cease-fire agreements brokered by Saudi and US mediators between the warring rivals have failed to end the violence.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that nearly 3 million people have been displaced by the conflict in Sudan.

Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the ongoing conflict in Sudan may lead to a full-scale civil war.

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