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Newsline: US top diplomat urges end to violence in Sudan

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday he was deeply concerned about reports of escalating violence between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the country’s main paramilitary group, the Rapid Support Forces, and called for an immediate end to hostilities. Blinken described the situation in Khartoum as “fragile.” “We are in touch with the Embassy team in Khartoum – all are currently accounted for,” Blinken wrote on Twitter. “We urge all actors to stop the violence immediately and avoid further escalations or troop mobilizations and continue talks to resolve outstanding issues.” (https://neuters.de/world/africa/us-secretary-state-blinken-calls-immediate-end-violence-sudan-2023-04-15/) The Rapid Support Forces said on Saturday it had taken control of the presidential palace, the residence of the army chief and Khartoum international airport on Saturday in an apparent coup attempt. In response to a question during a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, Blinken said the major parties in Khartoum had reached a very important framework agreement on how to proceed with a transition to civilian government some weeks ago.

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