Sudan's warring sides hold talks in Saudi Arabia

Representatives of Sudan's warring parties have held talks in Saudi Arabia on efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in the African country.

The Saudi Arabian government said on Monday that envoys of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, or RSF, met for two days in the western city of Jeddah.

Fighting continues in the Sudanese capital city of Khartoum and elsewhere despite the announcement of ceasefire agreements. The country's health authorities say 550 people have been killed since the violence erupted on April 15.

The Saudi government said the two sides discussed security measures to facilitate the delivery of urgent humanitarian assistance and to protect civilians.
The United Nations says food prices have been soaring and medical institutions have closed in Sudan. Looting has been reported at facilities for receiving humanitarian supplies, causing concerns over a further humanitarian crisis.

Saudi Arabia says the talks are expected to continue for a few more days. But it remains uncertain whether they will help improve the country's humanitarian situation.