Today, Thursday, the Sudanese army commander, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, assigned Ambassador Ali Al-Sadiq to the post of Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to what Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath correspondent reported.
This step came hours after a campaign of dismissal of at least 6 ambassadors abroad, including ambassadors to the United States, the European Union, and France, after they condemned the dissolution of the Council of Ministers and the temporary administration of the country by the army until the formation of a new government.
Al-Burhan also dismissed Sudan’s ambassadors to Qatar, China and the United Nations in Geneva, an official confirmed to the Associated Press today, Thursday, on condition of anonymity.
On the other hand, the ambassador in Geneva, Ali bin Yahya, defied the decision to dismiss him. In a video clip on the Internet, he said he would spare no effort in explaining the facts, and resisting the blackout imposed by army officials on what happened last Monday.
In turn, Noureddin Sati, the Sudanese ambassador to the United States, announced that he is working with Sudanese diplomats in Brussels, Paris, Geneva and New York, to “resist what was described as the military coup.”
From Khartoum (archive)
It is noteworthy that a group of more than 30 Sudanese diplomats inside and outside the country condemned in a joint statement this week what it considered a “seizure by the army” of Salt. She also confirmed that the ambassadors of Khartoum in Belgium, Switzerland and France pledged their continued loyalty to Hamdok’s government.
In previous statements to Al-Arabiya, Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi stressed her rejection of the exceptional measures and the dissolution of the government, describing what happened in Khartoum on October 25 as a “complete coup” against the civilian authority. It also considered in subsequent statements that Hamdok’s government is the legitimate government.
It is noteworthy that Al-Burhan announced on the 25th of this month (October 2021) the dissolution of the government, the imposition of a state of emergency, and the suspension of some provisions of the constitutional document.
This came after a campaign of arrests that targeted several ministers, government officials, and leaders in several parties, as well as activists in the civil forces for freedom and change.