Saudi Arabia and the US called on the warring parties in Sudan to exercise restraint after fighting resumed upon the expiration of a 24-hour cease-fire.
The two entities denounced the resumption of violence, which they believed was regrettable considering that the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have demonstrated effective command and control over their forces during the ceasefire period.
As soon as the 24-hour cease-fire ended Sunday, heavy clashes and artillery fire erupted across Sudan’s capital Khartoum.
In the joint statement, Saudi and US facilitators asserted that they “stand ready to reconvene formal talks in Jeddah, but only once the parties demonstrate their commitment to upholding their obligations under the Jeddah Declaration to Protect the Civilians of Sudan.”
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States continue to stand by the people of Sudan and urge the parties to end the fighting immediately,” the statement added.
“Besides engaging with the parties, facilitators continue to coordinate with regional and international partners to stop the fighting and minimize its impact on the region, and to intensify coordination with Sudanese civilian stakeholders, who must be the authors of their country’s future,” it concluded.