May. 8, 2023

Despite Saudi-led mediation, peace in Sudan remains elusive


The story: After weeks of fighting in Sudan, Saudi Arabia is hosting talks between the warring sides in Jeddah. The initiative follows a call by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states for restraint in the wake of an attack on a Saudi diplomatic building in Khartoum.

While Gulf Arab states urge peace, they are divided in their respective support for rival Sudanese military commanders Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti.

The coverage: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) all condemned the May 3 attack on the Saudi cultural attaché’s building in Khartoum and urged restraint.

  • Saudi journalist Abdullah Al-Taweelaaee claimed that the attack took place because “some countries and some groups…want the war [in Sudan] to continue. Therefore, they do not like the Saudi role…[to] stop the war between the Sudanese.”
  • The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) posted a foreign ministry statement which demanded “respect for the sanctity of diplomatic missions” and reiterated “the Kingdom’s call to stop the military escalation between...

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