The US, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Britain issued a joint statement on Wednesday in support of “a democratic and peaceful” Sudan, where the civilian government was overthrown in a military coup on October 25.
“We support the international community’s serious concern with the situation in Sudan. We support the full and immediate restoration of its civilian-led transitional government and institutions,” the “Quad for Sudan” statement issued by the US State Department said. Invoke.
The countries called for the lifting of the state of emergency and “an effective dialogue between all parties” to help “ensure that peace and security remains a top priority for the people of Sudan.”
The military takeover comes after weeks of escalating tensions between military and civilian leaders over Sudan’s transition to democracy. The coup threatens to derail the process, which had progressed slowly since the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising in 2019.
Sudanese military chief General Abdel-Fatah al-Burhan said that the overthrow of the country’s transitional government was necessary for the army to avoid civil war.
Anti-military protests have been taking place since the coup. During the protests on Saturday, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said that security forces fatally shot three protesters in the city of Omdurman and wounded 38 people, some of them with gunshot wounds.
US Horn of Africa Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman said on Tuesday that the Sudanese military exercised restraint during Saturday’s anti-coup protests and that restraint increased the country’s chances of returning to a power-sharing agreement.
Some information for this report has been received from the agencies France-Press and Reuters.
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