20/5/2023–|Last updated: 5/21/202312:19 AM (Mecca Time)
Tonight, the two fighting parties in Sudan signed a new, extendable truce, while US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone with the Sudanese army commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, sources in the Saudi Foreign Ministry said that the two sides of the conflict in Sudan signed a humanitarian truce in Jeddah for a period of 7 days, which can be extended.
The sources added that unremitting efforts are being made to upgrade the talks between the two parties to the conflict to negotiations to resolve the crisis.
According to what sources told Al-Jazeera, the new armistice agreement between the two parties to the conflict in Sudan provides for an end to the bombing by planes, heavy artillery and drones.
The two parties to the conflict also committed themselves to opening humanitarian corridors to facilitate the arrival of aid to civilians, and also agreed on the need to adhere to a reasonable distance from hospitals.
Both sides of the conflict have traded accusations of violating several ceasefire agreements recently signed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
According to the Reuters news agency, the two sides did not respect several previous ceasefire agreements.
For his part, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said today, Saturday, that he had spoken with the Sudanese army commander, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, regarding the ongoing efforts to reach another short ceasefire in Sudan.
Blinken wrote, in a tweet on Twitter, “I spoke this morning with Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan about the ongoing talks to reach an effective short-term ceasefire aimed at facilitating humanitarian aid and restoring the basic services that the Sudanese people desperately need.”
Blinken condemned the continued violence on both sides of the conflict.