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US National Security Adviser speaks with Sudanese PM Hamdok

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, on Friday spoke with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on phone and expressed his country's commitment to support the civilian-led transition to democracy in Sudan.

He said the US government will oppose any attempts to derail or disrupt the will of the Sudanese people, a statement on the White House website said. 

Mr. Sullivan underscored that any attempt by military actors to undermine the spirit and agreed benchmarks of Sudan’s constitutional declaration would have significant consequences for the U.S.-Sudan bilateral relationship and planned assistance. 

The statement said Mr. Sullivan and Prime Minister Hamdok discussed the importance of the transitional government making continued progress to stabilize the economy, reform the security sector under civilian leadership, advance Sudan’s peace process, and ensure justice and accountability for past abuses.

Mr. Sullivan said that U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will travel to Sudan next week to reaffirm U.S. support for the civilian-led transition and discuss regional security challenges. 

Mr. Sullivan expressed the urgency of promoting a peaceful resolution of the ongoing crisis in neighbouring Ethiopia.

Finally, Mr. Sullivan conveyed that US President Joe Biden looks forward to hosting and meeting with Prime Minister Hamdok in the near future. 

Early this week the Sudanese commander-in- chief and President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Lt Gen. Abdul Fatah Al Burhan, said a coup d’état was thwarted and perpetrators arrested.

Although the coup was foiled, the Sudanese military-civilian hybrid government remained in tatters as senior members from the two sides started trading accusations of failure to deliver.

The West has invested heavily on the civilian side, hoping it would lead the country to a multi-party democratic regime in two years’ time.

-0- PANA MO/MA 24Sept2021