Sudan – Clashes in Khartoum between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (17 April 2023)


France reiterates its grave concern regarding the ongoing clashes in Sudan, which began on April 15 and have left close to 100 civilians and several aid workers dead. France is monitoring the situation very closely, especially with regard to our citizens’ safety, which the French embassy and the Crisis and Support Center of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs are working to protect.

France once again calls on the commanding officers of the army and the Rapid Support Forces to stop fighting; agree to a truce in order to ensure the safety of civilians and aid workers; allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access; and work on de-escalating the conflict in order to reach a lasting ceasefire.

France expresses its support for the mobilization of Sudan’s regional and international partners in an effort to put an end to the crisis. It is only by returning to an inclusive political process that leads to the appointment of a civilian transition government and general elections that a lasting solution to this crisis can be found.