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Libya Welcomes Agreement on Protecting Civilians of Sudan

Libya on Friday welcomed the signing of the Declaration of Commitment to Protect the Civilians of Sudan by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

Libya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement that the declaration, signed between the SAF and RSF under the auspices of Saudi Arabia, “represents a courageous step by both sides of the crisis to commit to protecting civilians in Sudan.”

The ministry reaffirmed Libya’s keenness to restore stability in Sudan and to encourage the SAF and the RSF to abide by their commitments in the declaration regarding protecting civilians in Sudan.

The ministry called for reinforcing the agreement between the Sudanese rivals by additional measures, “especially in the path of responding to urgent humanitarian needs”.

An effective ceasefire of up to approximately 10 days is expected to facilitate humanitarian activities, and further discussions aiming at a permanent cessation of hostilities are scheduled, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

More than 164,000 people have sought refuge across borders since the outbreak of the military conflict in Sudan on April 15, according to the UN Refugee Agency. The deadly clashes have left at least 550 people dead and 4,926 others wounded, according to the figures released by the Sudanese Health Ministry in early May.