Blinken pushes for immediate end to Sudan conflict in call

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed Sudanese military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan for an immediate ceasefire and unhindered humanitarian access during a phone call on Tuesday, according to the State Department.

The call addressed the ongoing civil war between Sudan’s army, led by Burhan, and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) under Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo. 

The conflict, which erupted in April 2023, has claimed thousands of civilian lives.

Blinken additionally emphasized the need to resume peace negotiations and protect civilians, particularly in war-torn al-Fashir, North Darfur, where recent attacks have shattered a fragile truce.

Meanwhile, Egypt announced it will host a conference next month aimed at facilitating an agreement between Sudan’s civilian groups on a path towards comprehensive and lasting peace. 

This initiative comes as the international community intensifies efforts to address the humanitarian crisis and political instability plaguing Sudan.

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