Next week, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will head to Saudi Arabia, an ally of the United States with which relations are currently witnessing a sensitive stage, according to what the State Department announced Friday.
Blinken’s visit to the Kingdom comes as the two countries are mediating in Sudan without succeeding so far in imposing several truces between the two parties to the conflict.
The two sides reached more than one truce agreement, the latest of which was during talks in Jeddah, mediated by Saudi Arabia and the United States. But the truce quickly collapsed every time, and clashes renewed, especially in Khartoum and the Darfur region in the west of the country.
Khartoum and other areas in Sudan have been witnessing violent battles since April 15 between the army led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as “Hemedti”.