Riyadh – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Friday, according to the Kingdom’s foreign ministry.
The statement said, “During their talk, they addressed the progress of a collaborative effort to convene both Sudanese warring sides in Jeddah.
According to the statement, the collaborative initiative aims to “reduce the levels of tension” in Sudan.
Also on Friday, the Sudanese army announced that it had sent envoys to Saudi Arabia to speak with its paramilitary adversaries about “details of the truce in the process of being extended.”
The paramilitary Rapid Support Forces stated early on Friday that they were extending a prior ceasefire that was negotiated with US-Saudi mediation by an additional three days. Regular army leader Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan had previously endorsed a seven-day ceasefire announced by South Sudan on Wednesday.
Since the violence broke out between the opposing security forces on April 15, numerous truces have been reached, but none have been upheld.