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US Senators Reiterate Support for Sudan’s Transition

US Senators Reiterate Support for Sudan’s Transition

Friday, 22 October, 2021 - 05:30
Demonstrators protest against prospect of military rule in Khartoum, Sudan October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

US Senators Jim Risch and Chris Coons released a statement on the challenges facing Sudan's transition to democracy, affirming support for the democratic process in Khartoum.

The Senators affirmed that Sudan's transition remains a top priority for the US, hailing the Sudanese people's patience and determination.

“Supporting Sudan's ongoing political and economic transition remains a top priority for the United States in Africa. The Sudanese peoples’ continued patience and determination to see this transition through to eventual democratic elections, broad economic and security sector reform, and accountability for crimes committed by the former Bashir regime is an inspiration to those fighting for democracy around the world," the joint statement read.

The statement stressed that Washington continues to act decisively as an ally of the Sudanese people, saying it is still working with international partners to help Sudan rejoin the international community and alliance of democracies.

It also called on the Sudanese security forces to protect protesters who are demonstrating to demand Sudan's transition to civilian rule.

“The right to non-violent protest and state protection of all protesters are paramount features of Sudan’s shift towards a more citizen-centered, rights-based, and peaceful democracy," the statement noted.

"It is vital that security forces respect and protect citizens’ right to peaceful protest, and most importantly, Sudan's leaders and stakeholders continue to work through the mechanisms of the agreed, civilian-led transition."

The statement further affirmed the need for the US to continue cooperating with Sudan’s government and international partners to "reign in the malign forces seeking to undermine the country's transition.”

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