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US: No External Solutions Will Be Imposed on Sudan

US: No External Solutions Will Be Imposed on Sudan

Tuesday, 19 February, 2019 - 08:00
Anti-government protests in Sudan. (AP)
Khartoum - Ahmed Younes
The US will not allow external solutions to be imposed on Sudan or intervene in the affairs of government, asserted Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs of the National Security Council Cyril Sartor.

Protests had been ongoing in Sudan for over two months, in one of the most serious challenges facing President Omar Bashir since he came in power some 30 years ago.

Sartor explained that Sudan is going through changes and a transitional phase, stressing the importance of “the Sudanese government’s respect of the citizens’ right to peaceful expression, while demanding at the same time the other side (protesters) abide by the same peaceful commitment.”

He made his remarks during a meeting with Sudanese Assistant President Faisal Hassan Ibrahim Ali, at the presidential palace in Khartoum, according to a statement issued by the Sudanese presidency.

The US official had arrived in Khartoum for a two-day official visit accompanied by the Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council, Darren Seraile,

He added: “With more patience, the government will be able to find a political solution, and no external solutions will be imposed on Sudan.”

He described his meeting with Ali as “fruitful and constructive”.

“I came to continue the dialogue and put it on the right track, leading to the removal of Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism soon.”

“Through joint action, the two countries will find their way to a strong partnership.”

In October 2018, the administration of President Donald Trump abolished economic and trade sanctions imposed on Sudan since 1997, but it has not removed Sudan from the State Department's list of state sponsoring terrorism.

Washington conditioned removing Sudan’s name if it expands its cooperation in the war on terrorism, promotes human rights protection, allows religious and political freedoms, improves humanitarian access throughout the country and creates an environment for the peace process.

The US officials’ visit coincided with the demonstrations that began in December 2018 protesting a lack of fuel, oil, medicine and goods.

Local and international human right’s reports stated that 31 people have been killed in the rallies, according to official numbers, but Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch cited reliable sources and announced that the number reached 51, including children and doctors.

Although the government claims that the protests have started to decline, the opposition believes that protests and demonstrations are still gaining momentum, asserting it will not back down before Bashir steps down.

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