WORLD Sudanese army chief says open to initiative to alleviate citizens' suffering


Sudanese army chief says open to initiative to alleviate citizens' suffering


19:53, May 09, 2023

Youths carry buckets of water in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, on May 4, 2023. (Photo: AFP)

KHARTOUM/ANKARA, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council and commander-in-chief of the Sudanese Army, said on Tuesday that the Sudanese government is open to any initiative that may help relieve the suffering of the Sudanese people.

Al-Burhan made the remarks on Tuesday during phone conversations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azali Assoumani, president of the Union of the Comoros and chair of the African Union(AU), Sudan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"Al-Burhan expressed the Sudanese government's openness to any initiative that would help relieve the Sudanese people of the atrocities committed by the rebel Rapid Support Forces (RSF)," it said.

According to the statement, Assoumani underlined the importance of maintaining stability in Sudan and supporting the ongoing talks in the Saudi city of Jeddah to stop the fighting and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Assoumani was quoted as saying that he would send a special envoy to Jeddah to help reach an agreement to end the conflict and restore stability in Sudan.

While expressing his concern over the increasing number of fatalities and injuries in the conflict between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary RSF, Erdogan offered to host peace talks, his office said in a statement.

Türkiye is "ready to host the talks if they decide to start comprehensive negotiations," the statement quoted Erdogan as saying. Ankara will continue its contact with the United Nations to ensure that the urgent humanitarian needs of the Sudanese people are met, Erdogan added.

Erdogan also discussed with Al-Burhan the evacuation and safety of Turkish citizens in Sudan, the statement said.

Sudan has been witnessing deadly armed clashes between the Sudanese army and the RSF in the capital city of Khartoum and other areas since April 15, with the two sides accusing each other of initiating the conflict.

According to UN statistics, thousands of Sudanese citizens have been displaced or forced to seek refuge in safe areas in Sudan and neighboring countries, including Egypt, Ethiopia and Chad.

So far, the deadly clashes have left at least 550 people dead and 4,926 others wounded, according to the Sudanese health ministry.

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