DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and the United States of America have noted improved respect for the agreement on a short-term ceasefire and humanitarian arrangements in Sudan, the U.S. embassy in Khartoum said in a joint statement on Friday.

Sporadic clashes between Sudan's army and a paramilitary force have spilled over in the last few hours, puncturing the relative calm in the capital Khartoum. (Reporting by Nafisa E. Eltahir, Writing by Clauda Tanios; Editing by Hugh Lawson)