Despite accepting an invitation from the United States and Saudi Arabia to resume peace talks in Jeddah last week, Sudan’s rival armies have shown no serious commitment to ending the conflict that has taken a catastrophic toll on the country over the past six months.

Upon accepting the invitation and welcoming the talks on 25 October, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, insisted that “resuming negotiations does not mean stopping the battle for national dignity.” Referring to the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), led by notorious commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (better known as “Hemedti”), the SAF statement added that “eliminating and defeating the rebels remains the goal of the Sudanese people and the Sudanese Armed Forces.” (CONTINUED - 2313 WORDS)