Riyadh/Khartoum – A senior Saudi diplomat revealed that representatives of the two sides of the conflict in Sudan will resume talks tomorrow, Sunday, on how to implement plans to deliver humanitarian aid and withdraw forces from civilian areas, and while the army continued its air strikes and targeting civilians, the Rapid Support Forces announced their full control of the capital, Khartoum.
Clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces erupted since mid-April in the capital, Khartoum, before spreading to different parts of the country, amid a rapid collapse of the fragile humanitarian situation in the Arab-African country.
The diplomat said on Saturday that the two sides would remain in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah to start the next phase of negotiations after agreeing on Thursday on the plan to protect civilians.
The Kingdom also invited the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to the Arab League summit, which is scheduled to be held in Jeddah on May 19.
Two other Gulf diplomats said that although Al-Burhan was invited to attend the Jeddah summit, he is not expected to leave Sudan, for security reasons.--
The Saudi diplomat indicated that the invitation to Al-Burhan came because he is the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, which was supposed to supervise a transition to civil rule that was planned before the outbreak of the conflict.
“We have not yet received the names of the delegations, but we expect the presence of those representing Sudan at the summit,” the Saudi diplomat added.
Despite the success of the US-Saudi efforts in pushing the two parties to sign the “Jeddah Declaration” to commit to protecting civilians in Sudan, and to providing favorable conditions for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the masses of the Sudanese people, the army continues to target civilians in the south of the capital, Khartoum, while the Rapid Support Forces led by First Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan announced Dagalo, known as “Hamedti,” on Friday evening, in a statement attached to video clips, that it had taken control of all of Khartoum, referring to the air strikes on civilian targets, Farfara Mazbouh.