Representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces expressed their responsibility to alleviate the suffering of the Sudanese people, including reaching an agreement on security measures to facilitate the arrival of urgent humanitarian aid and the restoration of necessary services for those in need.
This came in a statement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which reads as follows:
Graciously hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces began preliminary talks in Jeddah on Saturday, May 6. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America urged the parties to seriously engage in the talks with the following objectives: Achieving an effective short-term halt to the launch of Fire, work to facilitate the arrival of emergency humanitarian aid, restore basic services, and set a timetable for expanded negotiations to reach a permanent cessation of hostilities.
The two parties have begun to review the Declaration of Commitment to Protect Civilians and to Facilitate and Respect Humanitarian Action in Sudan. The two parties have also begun to discuss the security measures they should take in order to facilitate urgent humanitarian access and restore essential services in accordance with the Declaration of Principles.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America welcomed the parties’ commitment to a constructive approach based on mutual respect, and urged each to respect the existing ceasefire and refrain from any provocative actions on the ground to maintain a positive atmosphere for the current preliminary talks.
The talks continued on May 7 and will continue in the following days in the hope of reaching an effective and temporary ceasefire so that humanitarian aid can be delivered to those in need.