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The U.S. Envoy for Sudan, Tom Perriello, recently shared his cautious optimism regarding the resolution of the ongoing conflict in Sudan. In a BBC interview, Perriello stressed the urgent need for all parties involved to take swift action, emphasizing the widespread impact of the war not only on Sudan but on the entire region.

He acknowledged external influences fueling the conflict and underlined the U.S.’s efforts to push for a peaceful resolution by encouraging all parties to become “partners in peace.”

Perriello expressed concerns about the potential consequences of a prolonged conflict, including the resurgence of extremism in the region. He warned against the return of militants and extreme Islamists, highlighting the threat this poses to the hard-fought progress made by the people of Sudan over the years. The envoy emphasized the severity of the situation, noting that the conflict could persist for decades if not addressed promptly.

Addressing shared worries with Gulf partners, Perriello drew attention to the escalating concerns among regional actors, particularly Gulf countries, regarding the risk of broader destabilization. He raised alarm over the documented increase in extremist elements within the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), signaling a troubling trend that demands immediate action. Perriello urged for a swift resolution, emphasizing that the upcoming weeks could serve as a critical turning point in the conflict’s trajectory.

Highlighting the urgency of the situation, Perriello called for decisive action from the involved parties, emphasizing that a resolution could be achieved promptly. He expressed optimism about the current political will to address the conflict, noting a significant level of commitment that surpasses previous months. Despite accusations against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of supporting paramilitary forces, the Gulf country denied the claims, despite widespread reports and statements from international officials.

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