RSF Advisor Says: Progress of Jeddah Negotiations Paves Way to Ceasefire

A fighter waves a rifle as he stands next to a damaged vehicle in the Nile neighborhood in Greater Khartoum (AFP)
A fighter waves a rifle as he stands next to a damaged vehicle in the Nile neighborhood in Greater Khartoum (AFP)
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RSF Advisor Says: Progress of Jeddah Negotiations Paves Way to Ceasefire

A fighter waves a rifle as he stands next to a damaged vehicle in the Nile neighborhood in Greater Khartoum (AFP)
A fighter waves a rifle as he stands next to a damaged vehicle in the Nile neighborhood in Greater Khartoum (AFP)

Negotiations between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the National Army in Jeddah are progressing, paving the way to a ceasefire agreement between the two parties, announced RSF Advisor Haroun Medikher.

Speaking to the Arab World Press, Medikher asserted the RSF's desire to achieve a ceasefire.

Last Thursday, the Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces resumed their negotiations in Jeddah, which began in May under Saudi-US auspices and reached several short-term ceasefires.

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development in the Horn of Africa (IGAD) announced that its Executive Secretary is participating in the Jeddah negotiations, along with the delegations of Saudi Arabia, the US, and the African Union (AU).

Medikher said that the negotiations are going well, and the parties are working on a ceasefire.

He explained that the talks would be followed by discussing the humanitarian file and rebuilding trust between the components of the Sudanese people and the warring parties.

The Sudanese people are looking forward to these negotiations because they consider them the ideal solution to the Sudanese issue, said the advisor.

He believes that all political and military leaders support these negotiations. However, he fears the other side, about the Sudanese army, was reluctant to achieve a ceasefire.

He warned that supporters of the former regime rejected the negotiations and a settlement in Sudan, adding that they were the ones who ignited the war.

"We hope that the decision [to stop the war] will be in the hands of the armed forces."

Medikher pins hope on the current negotiations, saying any conflict in the world eventually ends with talks and a settlement.

He is optimistic that progress could be achieved if there is enough will, noting that the Rapid Support Forces has the intention.

On April 15, clashes erupted between the Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces after weeks of tension between the two sides.



White House: Qatar and Egypt Plan Talks with Hamas on Gaza Ceasefire

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White House: Qatar and Egypt Plan Talks with Hamas on Gaza Ceasefire

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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Saturday that mediators for Qatar and Egypt plan to engage Hamas militants soon to see if there is a way to push ahead with a Gaza ceasefire proposal offered by US President Joe Biden.

Sullivan spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a Ukraine peace summit and was asked about diplomatic efforts to get an agreement for Hamas to release some hostages held since Oct. 7 in exchange for a ceasefire lasting at least six weeks.

Sullivan said he had spoken briefly to one of the main interlocutors, Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and that they would speak again about Gaza on Sunday while both are in Switzerland for the Ukraine conference, Reuters reported.

Hamas has welcomed the ceasefire proposal, but insists any agreement must secure an end to the war, a demand Israel still rejects. Israel described Hamas's response to the new US peace proposal as total rejection.

Sullivan said that US officials have taken a close look at Hamas's response.

"We think some of the edits are not unexpected and can be managed. Some of them are inconsistent both with what President Biden laid out and what the UN Security Council endorsed. And we are having to deal with that reality," he said.

He said US officials believe there remains an avenue to an agreement and that the next step will be for Qatari and Egyptian mediators to talk to Hamas and "go through what can be worked with and what really can’t be worked with."

"We anticipate a back-and-forth between the mediators and Hamas. We’ll see where we stand at that point. We will keep consulting with the Israelis and then hopefully at some point next week we’ll be able to report to you where we think things stand and what we see as being the next step to try to bring this to closure," he said.