May 22, 2024

US Secretary of State Urges Ceasefire in Sudan to End Widespread Fighting and Civilian Deaths

President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participate in the U.S.-Africa Summit Leaders Session on partnering on the African Union’s Agenda 2063 in Washington, D.C., on December 15, 2022. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/
President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participate in the U.S.-Africa Summit Leaders Session on partnering on the African Union’s Agenda 2063 in Washington, D.C., on December 15, 2022. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has urged General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces, and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Commander of the Rapid Support Forces to agree to a 24-hour ceasefire in Sudan following the widespread fighting between their forces. The military operations have caused significant civilian deaths and injuries, endangering the lives of Sudanese people, diplomats, including US personnel, and humanitarian aid workers.

Blinken said that the United States remains committed to helping the people of Sudan achieve their democratic aspirations and restore a civilian-led government, adding that the safety of US personnel is also a priority, and all necessary measures will be taken to ensure it.

Secretary Blinken made these comments at a press availability in Karuizawa, Japan, where he also discussed the recent G7 foreign ministers’ meeting. The G7 foreign ministers focused on leveraging their strengths to work with partners worldwide to deliver better futures for people. They addressed issues such as food, energy, climate, infrastructure, and technology challenges.

The G7 also discussed challenges to their shared vision for a free, open, secure, and prosperous international system, including Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine. The G7 reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Ukraine with security and economic assistance, tightening sanctions and export controls, and cracking down on sanctions evaders.

Secretary Blinken also discussed China and the need for candid discussions about its unfair trade practices, actions that undermine international rules, and the risks of arming Russia. The G7 is also united in opposing unilateral changes to the status quo with Taiwan.

The G7 focused on countering nuclear proliferation, addressing the threat posed by synthetic opioids, and strengthening cooperation in disrupting trafficking networks and supporting public health responses. The G7 foreign ministers’ meeting sets the stage for the Leaders Summit in Hiroshima in a month’s time, where these issues will be further discussed.

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