Columns of black smoke rose over Sudanese capital Khartoum on April 15 as the country's armed forces and a paramilitary group clashed in a struggle for power. Drone footage captured by a U.S. traveller staying in the city showed towering clouds of smoke over an airport, with at least one plane seen burning. REUTERS./

 – The United States has had numerous conversations about the conflict in Sudan with countries in the region, including asking them to encourage Iran not to engage, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Thursday.

“We’ve had numerous discussions with countries in the region and in those discussions with countries in the region, we’ve encouraged them to encourage other countries like Iran not to engage,” Thomas-Greenfield told reporters.

Are Iranian Drones Helping the Army Gain Ground in Sudan’s Civil War?

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Iranian-made armed drones have helped the army turn the tide of the conflict, halting the progress of the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Force and regaining territory around the capital, according to a senior army source.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis, Jasper Ward and Daphne Psaledakis)

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