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Riyadh intensifies its contacts to stop the escalation in Sudan


Widespread condemnations of the incident of storming the Saudi attaché… Griffiths calls for guarantees for the delivery of aid

Jeddah: Saeed Al-Abyad – Khartoum: Ahmed Younis and Muhammad Amin Yassin – Washington: Ali Barada

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has intensified its diplomatic efforts to stop the escalation in Sudan, in addition to its assistance in evacuating thousands of nationals from more than a hundred countries through Port Sudan.

Yesterday, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, made phone calls with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and the Djiboutian Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Ali Youssef, during which they discussed efforts to stop the military escalation between the Sudanese parties, end the violence, and provide the necessary protection for civilians. To ensure the security, stability and well-being of Sudan and its people. The Saudi minister had spoken, the day before yesterday, with the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, about the crisis in Sudan and ways to solve it.

Meanwhile, contacts intensified in order to bring together the Sudanese parties in the city of Jeddah, to hold a consultation session towards resolving the Sudanese problem, according to informed sources in Khartoum. Also in Jeddah, an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation took place, at the invitation of Saudi Arabia, to discuss the Sudanese situation, and came out with a final statement that included 16 items, the most prominent of which was an emphasis on “the importance of preserving Sudan’s security and stability, respecting its unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, in a way that avoids external interference.”

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hussein Ibrahim Taha, said that the organization will act on the recommendations of member states, including the possibility of sending a high-level delegation to Sudan, at the appropriate time.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Khaled Youssef Omar, spokesman for the political process in Sudan, stressed the importance of the Saudi-American initiative, saying that it had taken important steps in reaching an extension of the humanitarian truce now in effect, and arranging for a direct meeting to reach a permanent ceasefire, in preparation for a solution. A comprehensive politician, noting that the “Freedom and Change” coalition strongly supports this initiative as a real opportunity to end the war.

Violent and bloody clashes took place between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces in the center of the capital, Khartoum, near the vicinity of the presidential palace, leaving a number of deaths and injuries. The outbreak of fierce battles was preceded by the sound of loud explosions and the rise of thick smoke clouds in the sky of the city, coinciding with the continuous flight of the army’s military aircraft in separate areas of Khartoum.

In addition, there were widespread Gulf, Arab and Islamic condemnations of the storming of the Saudi Cultural Attaché building in Khartoum, with an emphasis on the need to respect international agreements and diplomatic norms that guarantee the sanctity and safety of the headquarters of diplomatic missions.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the current situation in Sudan as “totally unacceptable,” reiterating his warnings of the conflict spreading to neighboring countries. While his Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Aid Coordinator Martin Griffiths, upon his arrival at the main port of Port Sudan, sought guarantees for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the millions of Sudanese trapped in combat zones.
The Jeddah meeting came out with 16 recommendations… and a Sudanese demand not to interfere
Aerial bombardment and clashes in the vicinity of the presidential palace in Khartoum
Gulf and Arab condemnations for storming the Saudi attaché in Khartoum
UN warnings of the “totally unacceptable” situation in Sudan