The US State Department announced that the visit of Washington’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, to Khartoum is a confirmation of the United States’ commitment to the political transition in Sudan.
And US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, on Saturday, that “Feltman confirmed that our support for Sudan depends on its commitment to the transitional system.”
He also added that “Feltman encouraged Sudan’s leaders to assume their responsibilities and reassure their people,” stressing that the United States will continue to monitor developments in Sudan closely.
The importance of the cooperation of the parties
It is noteworthy that Feltman visited Sudan from September 28 to October 1. He met with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, last Wednesday.
During the meeting, the US envoy stressed the importance of the parties’ cooperation “for a smooth transition and for Sudan to remain within its position in the international system,” according to Hamdok’s office in a statement.
Hamdok and Feltman meet on September 29 in Khartoum (AFP)
He also stressed that the failed coup attempt that Sudan witnessed on September 21 found “full condemnation” by the US administration and Congress, reiterating his country’s support for the civilian-led Sudanese government “in stabilizing the transitional period and bringing it to an end with civil democratic transformation and elections.”
The situation has stabilized
For his part, Hamdok said that the situation has stabilized after the failed coup attempt, stressing the importance of all the partners of the transitional period working as one to make the civil democratic transition succeed in peace.
He explained the importance of international support to complete the requirements of the transitional phase, support the completion of peace, and provide the necessary resources to implement the provisions of the Juba Agreement for peace.
Free and fair elections
In addition, Feltman met last Thursday, the head of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.
The US envoy announced that “the United States will continue its support for the transitional government and the Sudanese people until free and fair elections are reached, and a civilian government that is acceptable to the Sudanese people is formed.”
Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan (file photo from AFP)
Protection of the transition period
In turn, Al-Burhan affirmed the commitment and keenness of the armed forces to protect the transitional period and the democratic transformation in the country from any obstacle during this period, according to a statement of the Sovereignty Council.
He also stressed “the importance of involving political forces that believe in democratic transition in the political process during the transitional period, leading to free and fair elections that bring a civilian government that represents all the Sudanese people.” He also expressed his hope for continued US support for the transitional government.