US suspends $700 million in economic aid to Sudan

After the White House condemned the “military coup” in Sudan today, the US State Department announces the suspension of emergency aid to Sudan, and demands the release of all detainees, noting that Washington will re-evaluate its relations with this country.

  • The US State Department: Washington will re-evaluate its relations with Sudan from all sides

The US State Department called on Sudanese army officials to “immediately release all detainees.”

The State Department announced that the United States has suspended aid to Sudan from the $700 million in emergency aid allocations.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “What Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan did violates the Constitution and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people,” declaring “the suspension of US aid, which was in the form of relief, which was aimed at supporting the democratic process.”

Noting that his country “will re-evaluate its relations from all sides, unless the transitional government regains its authority,” he stressed that “our position is clear and supportive of the civilian-led transitional government, and we are in contact with allies in the region and coordinate our positions.”

Price explained that “we had no information from the Sudanese army that they would take undemocratic actions, nor the intention of the army to take control in Sudan,” adding: “We are closely monitoring developments in the situation in Sudan.”

He pointed out that his country sees what is happening in Sudan as a “coup”, calling for a civilian government that will be helped immediately.

Price revealed that Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman has harmoniously engaged with officials in Sudan, but no contact has been made with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, “stressing that we will not hesitate to hold accountable those who engage in violence and those responsible for Sudan’s deviation from the path of democracy.”

While noting that “we can carry out communication with the military side in Sudan if that is fruitful,” he explained, “In recent days, we have been engaged with the civilian and military leadership to improve relations and complete the transitional path in Sudan, and what happened is a plan in the opposite direction that will have serious consequences.” According to Bryce.

The US State Department spokesman concluded, saying that “it is too early to talk about imposing sanctions on Sudan, and we are in the process of assessing the situation on the ground and coordinating with our allies and partners, but we will not hesitate to hold accountable those who want to suppress the aspirations of the Sudanese people,” as he put it.

Washington has previously condemned the “military coup” in Sudan.

In a statement, the Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez, condemned in the strongest terms the Sudanese Sovereignty Council Chairman Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan’s dissolution of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council and the transitional government, and the reported arrest of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and other ministers, in addition to other civil society leaders.

In turn, Karen Jean-Pierre, Deputy White House spokeswoman, commented on the events in Sudan, and said that “the United States is deeply concerned about these reports,” adding, “We reject the actions of the military and call for the immediate release of the prime minister.”

It is reported that the United States removed Sudan from the list of terrorism in December 2020. Washington restored “sovereign immunity” to this country, after Sudan announced normalization with “Israel”.

The United States included Sudan in the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 on the grounds that the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir supports “extremist groups”, as it puts it, including “Al-Qaeda”, “Hamas” and “Hezbollah”.

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