Tuesday 23 November 2021
Washington – (dpa):
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called for the need to act quickly to put Sudan’s democratic transition back on track.
This came during two separate phone calls with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and with Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, the US State Department said on Monday evening.
Blinken pointed to the “first important step” taken by releasing Prime Minister Hamdok and returning him to his position, but he referred to the pending transitional tasks.
In order to restore the people’s confidence in the transitional phase, Blinken urged the immediate release of all political detainees, and lobbied for the immediate lifting of the state of emergency, according to a ministry statement.
He stressed the need for all parties to renew their focus on completing Sudan’s transition to democracy by implementing the transitional tasks set out in the Constitutional Declaration and the Juba Peace Agreement.
Blinken reiterated US calls for peaceful protests to be respected, and called on security forces to stop using violence against protesters.
Blinken urged both Hamdok and Al-Burhan to take timely measures to implement the elements of the agreement reached on November 21, in order to achieve the aspirations of the Sudanese people, including the establishment of a transitional legislative council, judicial bodies, and electoral institutions.