Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The United States of America announced the suspension of $700 million in support for Sudan after the events taking place in the country following the announcement by the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, on Monday, the dissolution of the Sovereignty and Ministers Councils, the exemption of governors, the suspension of some articles of the constitutional document and the declaration of a state of emergency in the country.
This came in a statement by the US State Department, in which it said: “The United States strongly condemns the actions of the Sudanese military forces. We strongly reject the dissolution of the civilian-led transitional government and its associated institutions and call for its immediate reinstatement. The detention of Prime Minister Hamdok and other civilian leaders is unacceptable, “The military forces must ensure the safety of these leaders and release them immediately. These measures will obstruct the country’s transition to democracy and are a betrayal of the peaceful revolution in Sudan.”
“The United States strongly supports the right of the Sudanese people to peacefully assemble in support of democracy, and we are deeply concerned by reports that Sudanese security forces have used live ammunition against peaceful protesters. Security officials should immediately cease the use of violence against peaceful protesters,” she added. We urge the restoration of Internet services.”
“As we have repeatedly warned, any forceful changes to the transitional government would jeopardize US assistance. Therefore, in light of these recent developments in Sudan, the United States announces the immediate halt to the delivery of $700 million in emergency economic support funds to Sudan, which was intended to to support the country’s democratic transition, while we evaluate next steps.”
“The United States strongly supports the Sudanese people’s demand for a civilian-led transition to democracy, and we are working closely and on an urgent basis with our partners to chart a common diplomatic approach to address these actions and prevent them from leading to further instability in Sudan and the region,” the State Department noted.