December 7, 2022

U.S. backs African Union’s suspension of Sudan, as Blinken seeks advice from Sudanese foreign minister on ‘steps the United States can take’

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken recognizes Dulles Operation Allies Welcome staff, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on October 13, 2021. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken recognizes Dulles Operation Allies Welcome staff, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on October 13, 2021. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/

The United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Wednesday spoke with Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi to “solicit her views about what steps the United States can take to support the Sudanese people in their call for a civilian-led transition to democracy in accordance with the Sudanese Constitutional Declaration,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

The Secretary reiterated the U.S. condemnation of the military takeover and urged the immediate release of the detained civilian leaders.

Blinken also spoke with African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, and “welcomed the decision by the AU Peace and Security Council to suspend Sudan, noting the importance leadership role the AU plays on democracy and stability in Africa,” Price added.

Moussa Faki Mahamat

Price said the Secretary and the Chairperson agreed that Sudan must return to civilian leadership in accordance with the 2019 Constitutional Declaration, and both leaders “reaffirmed the importance of the right of the Sudanese people to peacefully assemble and express their demand for civilian rule free from armed or other forceful interference.”

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