The United States affirmed its commitment on Thursday to resume mediation efforts between the feuding parties in Sudan if both sides demonstrate a sincere pledge to a ceasefire, especially after the military’s withdrawal from talks in Saudi Arabia.
“Once the forces make clear by their actions that they are serious about complying with the ceasefire, the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are prepared to resume facilitation of the suspended discussions to find a negotiated solution to this conflict,” a State Department spokesperson said as Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Oslo.
In a concerning escalation of tensions, the Sudanese military targeted bases of the paramilitary force after pulling out from ceasefire negotiations on Wednesday. The military accused its adversary of breaching the truce, intended to facilitate the delivery of aid.
“These violations have led us as a facilitator of these talks to seriously question whether the parties are ready to take the actions needed to meet the obligations they have undertaken on behalf of the Sudanese people,” he asserted.