Nairobi, 2 May 2023 (TDI): President Willaim Ruto of Kenya and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have discussed the possible ways to end the crisis in Sudan over a telephone call.

President Ruto expressed his gratitude to the US for playing an active role in the negotiations for a ceasefire in Sudan.

Secretary Antonio Blinken reaffirmed that the US will continue to support the collective international action to end the fighting in Sudan. Furthermore, he appreciated the Kenyan President for taking the lead in engaging the international community for the de-escalation of humanitarian and security crises.

Moreover, they discussed the importance of continuing cooperation to press the warring parties to uphold the current ceasefire and begin negotiations to end the conflict.

“Kenya will work closely with UN agencies and other organisations to coordinate, SCALE UP, and deliver HUMANITARIAN assistance to the people of Sudan. The ceasefire will guarantee that this happens smoothly,” said President Ruto

Earlier in the day, President had held talks with the UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations in a virtual meeting. The agenda of the meeting was humanitarian assistance to people in Sudan, including food supply, water, and medicine.

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The President of Kenya is among the few taking the lead in brokering peace in Sudan. In the past, he urged the warring parties to allow access to humanitarian aid.

He has been raising his voice against violence in the region and advocates for peace and tranquility on the continent.

Current Situation in Sudan

Sudan’s military and its rival, the Rapid Support Forces, have been fighting for 17 days. More than five hundred people have lost their lives, and thousands have been injured. Sudanese airspace has been closed except for aid and evacuation flights. Tens of thousands of people have fled the country since the crisis started. The evacuation process is still being carried out with the help of several international organizations and government support.