May 30, 2024

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman Holds Talks on Sudan, China, Ukraine with French Foreign Ministry Secretary General Anne-Marie Descôtes and Discusses Saudi Arabia’s Role in Yemen Peace Efforts with Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud

Wendy R. Sherman is nominated to be Deputy Secretary of State.|Brian P. McKeon is nominated to be Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources|Dr. Bonnie Jenkins
Wendy R. Sherman is nominated to be Deputy Secretary of State.|Brian P. McKeon is nominated to be Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources|Dr. Bonnie Jenkins

On Tuesday, the United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held discussions with the French Foreign Ministry Secretary General Anne-Marie Descôtes on a range of critical issues, including the escalating conflict and violence in Sudan that started on April 15. Both officials agreed that an immediate ceasefire is crucial to ensure the safety of all civilians and bring stability to the region.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed deep concern about the situation in Sudan during a media briefing on Tuesday. The conflict has led to hundreds of casualties and thousands of injuries, with restricted movement due to insecurity hindering the ability of health workers and ambulances to reach healthcare facilities. Medical personnel and lifesaving supplies are in short supply in hospitals in Khartoum, with reports of hospitals being looted and used for military purposes, which is unacceptable under international law.

The WHO has called on all parties involved in the conflict to ensure unrestricted and safe access to healthcare facilities for those injured and in need of medical care. The organization’s teams on the ground are working closely with partners and health authorities to fill gaps in the provision of healthcare, particularly for trauma. The WHO Director-General urged all sides to adhere to calls for a humanitarian ceasefire, silence the guns, and work towards a peaceful resolution. Targeting healthcare facilities and workers is unacceptable, particularly when thousands of civilians require emergency care. The international community must rally behind Sudan and take necessary measures to safeguard the lives of civilians and healthcare workers.

Apart from Sudan, Sherman and Descôtes expressed concerns about the People’s Republic of China’s actions that undermine the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. They emphasized the significance of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and urged all involved parties to work together towards this goal.

The officials reiterated their support for Ukraine as it continues to defend itself against Russia’s ongoing aggression. The conflict has resulted in countless casualties and displaced persons, necessitating continued diplomatic efforts to reach a lasting resolution.

The officials also reviewed efforts to promote dialogue and diplomacy in Armenia and Azerbaijan, countries that have a long history of conflict and tension. They emphasized the need for continued efforts to foster dialogue and understanding between the two nations and find a lasting solution to their ongoing disputes.

In another conversation, the Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with the Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. They discussed Saudi Arabia’s continued involvement in talks with the Houthis and ongoing efforts to bring about peace in Yemen. Blinken reiterated the United States’ support for efforts that pave the way for a UN-mediated peace process aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the conflict. Both officials emphasized their commitment to ending the fighting in Sudan, which has led to countless casualties and a severe humanitarian crisis.

In conclusion, these discussions underscore the ongoing efforts by global leaders to address some of the most pressing issues facing the international community today. While there is much work to be done, continued diplomatic efforts and a commitment to cooperation and understanding offer hope for lasting peace and stability.

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