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The Sudanese Crossing Bridge

The Sudanese Crossing Bridge

Friday, 12 July, 2019 - 08:30
Salman Al-Dossary
Salman Al-Dossary is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

When the Sudanese parties sign the final agreement document to manage the affairs of the country for three years during the transitional period, it will represent the peak of the decisive phase needed by the Sudanese people to move to a new era of security and stability.

The state will shift from a dark period, during which many violations and injustices have occurred with severe shortages of the basic needs of the citizens, towards a new phase of unity of state organs that will alleviate the suffering of the Sudanese people.

Throughout the past few months, the Sudanese have offered a rare lesson on how to make compromises from all sides, hoping to reach a historic moment that many peoples in the region have in vain longed for, due to the prevailing language of blood and destruction over understanding and national interests. The Sudanese succeeded in offering a different lesson.

However, is the mere signing of the final agreement enough?! Of course not, it is only a crossing bridge to a better Sudan, which everyone dreams of, especially in the light of the semi-collapsed economic situation that the country has witnessed over the past years.

One does not exaggerate when saying that saving the Sudanese economy requires a miraculous process. Inflation rose again last month, reaching 47.78 percent, which places a lot of burden on the new sovereign council. It is not appropriate for the council to be preoccupied with internal differences aimed at implementing narrow agendas, while the country needs the consensus of all and the focus of all and concerted efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Sudanese citizens.

It is true that the Kingdom and other brotherly countries will not abandon Sudan, but the political forces’ preoccupation with minor issues will harm the Sudanese people first and foremost, and prevent state institutions from achieving the people’s living aspirations.

It is important to mention here a question raised in a malicious manner, especially in Western circles: did Saudi Arabia stand with the military council in Sudan?! Yes, but it also stood with the “Forces of Freedom and Change”, and with all political forces. But most importantly, Saudi Arabia stood with the Sudanese people, which constituted the main shield in preventing the country’s fall into violence and chaos.

This was reflected in the Saudi role in the reconciliation between the Sudanese parties. The Saudi support - which started from the early days of the isolation of Omar al-Bashir - was directed towards the Sudanese people as the most affected by the difficult economic conditions experienced by the country.

Saudi Arabia’s most important message is that its support was not directed at any particular group or forces. The Riyadh stand is not just a matter of Sudan, but rather a complement to its role in achieving regional security and stability, as well as maintaining historical ties with the Sudanese people.

By bringing the views of the various Sudanese forces closer on the one hand, and easing the tension with major Western capitals on the other, Saudi Arabia’s diplomacy has perhaps helped Sudan significantly to overcome one of the most critical stages in its history, and then reach the final agreement.

The real interest of Saudi Arabia lies in the stability of a neighboring country that will ensure the preservation of its interests; and most importantly, that such stability is based on an internal Sudanese decision, without any foreign tutelage, contrary to the ambitions of some foreign powers that brought, through their alliance with Sudan, only destruction and evil.

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