Sunday, November 28

The Security Council holds an emergency session today on Sudan and Egypt confirms that it does not support any party in the crisis

Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the Security Council will hold closed consultations on developments in Sudan today, Thursday, while Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed that his country does not support one team at the expense of another in Sudan.

The reporter stated that the Security Council session will be held at the request of Britain, the United States, France, Norway, Ireland and Estonia.

Since last October 25, Sudan has been experiencing a severe crisis, as the army chief, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, declared a state of emergency in the country, dissolved the Sovereignty Councils and transitional ministers, dismissed governors, and arrested party leaders, ministers and officials.

In return for accusing him of carrying out a “military coup”, Al-Burhan says that the army is committed to completing the democratic transition process, and that it took measures last October 25 to protect the country from a “real danger”, accusing political forces of “inciting chaos.”

Prior to these measures, Sudan had been living, since August 21, 2019, a 53-month transitional period that ends with holding elections in early 2024, during which power is shared by the army, civil forces and armed movements that signed a peace agreement with the government in 2020.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Al Jazeera)

Egyptian position

For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said, “His country hopes that Sudan will emerge from its current crisis through consultation and coordination among all parties.”

Shoukry added, during a meeting with Egyptian and Arab journalists in Washington, that Cairo supports dialogue efforts and does not support one team against another.

In response to a question about Egypt’s non-participation in signing the four-way statement on Sudan and the implication that it withheld from signing, Shoukry replied that Egypt was not notified, did not see the statement during its formulation, and was not even notified of the timing of its issuance.

On Wednesday, the International Quartet of Sudan (the United States, Britain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia) demanded the immediate return of the transitional civilian government and its institutions in this Arab country, and an end to the state of emergency imposed on the country.

On October 25, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that Egypt calls on all brotherly Sudanese parties, within the framework of responsibility and restraint, to give priority to the higher interest of the country and national consensus.

Al-Burhan and the “Troika” ambassadors

Norway’s ambassador to Khartoum, Therese Helen Loken, told Al Jazeera that she and the “troika” ambassadors met yesterday, Wednesday, Army Commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and indicated that the meeting with Al-Burhan was positive, and that the discussion with him was good.

The “troika” are the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

Lukin added that the discussion with him touched on what is happening in the country, and the importance of political dialogue leading to democratic elections, and they demanded the proof of releasing detainees and returning to partnership with civilians.

She stressed that all Sudanese parties are required to find a solution, and they must start a dialogue to resolve the crisis in the country, stressing that they do not support one party at the expense of another.

The Deputy Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Sudan, in an internal circular – and Al Jazeera obtained a copy of it – directed the United Nations institutions to deal with the government of Abdullah Hamdok and his ministers as the recognized government, even if they were not able to carry out their work.

The directive was based on a previous Security Council resolution and the African Union Peace and Security Council resolution, according to which Sudan was suspended from the African Union following the decisions of the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Army on October 25.

Civilian terms

In the Sudanese interior, the spokesman for the Al-Wathiq Al-Barir coalition revealed – in a press conference – that the Central Council did not meet the ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, nor did it meet with those he called “the putschists”, stressing its rejection of any negotiation or bargaining with them.

For his part, the leader of the Central Council for Freedom and Change in Sudan, Noureddine Babiker, said – in the press conference – that there is no communication between the Central Council and the civilian components supporting the coup, as he put it.

The leader of Freedom and Change, Shehab al-Tayeb, said that the coalition no longer trusts the military component at all, and added that there are forces – he did not specify – that reject the coup and fear international sanctions.

The leader of the Sudanese Central Council for Freedom and Change, Noureddine Babiker, also denied that there were any contacts between the forces of freedom and change and the civilian components sponsoring the coup.

Babiker stressed in a press conference that the council has not and will not negotiate with the putschists, whether military or civilian, until all detainees are released, including Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

Meanwhile, calls continue to go out in large demonstrations next Saturday in rejection of the decisions taken by Al-Burhan, and to demand a return to civilian rule.

The “Sudanese Professionals Association”, which leads the protest movement in the country, had called earlier, to participate in what it called a “million” on November 13 (next Saturday), under the slogan “No negotiation, no partnership, no legitimacy.”

For about two weeks, Sudan has witnessed daily protests demanding civilian rule, while Al-Burhan said, on more than one occasion, that the army is committed to democratic transformation, and that it is in the process of choosing a prime minister to form a government of competencies (without party affiliations).

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