Sudan’s military rejects US appeal to resume peace talks

The Sudanese government has rejected U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s request to resume negotiations with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Jeddah, citing a lack of prior consultation and the need for foundational peace conditions.

On Tuesday, Blinken spoke with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, about resuming the Jeddah talks, facilitating humanitarian aid, and ending the ongoing conflict.

Deputy Chairman Malik Agar announced at a conference in Port Sudan that the government will not participate in further Jeddah negotiations without prior consultation, emphasizing the need for unspecified prerequisites. Agar criticized Blinken’s approach and underscored the government’s firm stance against attending the talks.

Agar questioned the effectiveness of previous Jeddah negotiations, which have been suspended multiple times since May 2023 due to truce violations. He also blamed foreign actors, including the U.S., EU, and UAE, for exacerbating the conflict to undermine Sudan’s control over its resources.

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