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Erdogan speaks with warring sides in Sudan, calls for truce before Eid

Ankara is hoping to strike a conciliation between the sides before the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
People flee their neighborhoods amid fighting between the army and paramilitaries, following the collapse of a 24-hour truce, Khartoum, Sudan, April 19, 2023.

ANKARA — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed a potential truce in separate phone calls with the leaders of warring parties in Sudan on Thursday as part of Ankara’s efforts to negotiate a truce in the bloody clashes.

Six days of clashes between the army troops loyal to Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who leads the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), claimed at least 300 lives and wounded more than 3,000, according to international organizations.

In separate phone calls with Burhan and Dagalo, Erdogan called on both sides to engage in dialogue in a bid to strike a truce, adding that his country was ready to host a meeting between the two, according to an official Turkish readout.

He also urged sides to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of Hartum's international airport, the readout said.

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