Egypt welcomes Sudanese parties’ short-term ceasefire in Jeddah, aspires for extension

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 May 2023

Egypt welcomed the signing of a one-week-long ceasefire between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Jeddah, hoping for its extension following its end.

People sit under a tree in Khartoum on May 20, 2023, as violence between two rival Sudanese generals continues. Sudan s de facto leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan sacked his deputy-turned-rival Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, as forces loyal to the feuding generals pressed on with fighting in both Khartoum and Darfur. AFP


Relief work and healing the wounds of bodies and souls need a safe environment “even for a week,” said Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abu Zeid on Sunday.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia and the US announced in a joint statement that representatives of both Sudanese parties signed an Agreement on a Short-Term Ceasefire and Humanitarian Arrangements in Jeddah.

The ceasefire, which is set to come into effect late Monday, shall remain in effect for seven days and may be extended with the agreement of both parties.

Under the Agreement, the parties agreed to facilitate the delivery and distribution of humanitarian assistance, restore essential services, and withdraw forces from hospitals and essential public facilities.  Moreover, the parties also agreed to facilitate the safe passage of humanitarian actors and commodities, allowing goods to flow unimpeded from ports of entry to populations in need

“We [Egypt] hope that the truce will be extended after its expiration, in order to reach a comprehensive and sustainable ceasefire agreement,” Abu Zeid said.

The RSF and Sudanese Army will also refrain from using any public amenities for military purposes, the agreement added.

The Sudanese forces previously signed another humanitarian commitment -- the Jeddah Declaration -- to preserve civilian lives earlier this month.

Clashes, however, have continued with airstrikes continuing to shake the Sudanese capital Khartoum as recently as Saturday.  


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