July 21, 2024

Sudan Crisis: U.S. Secretary of State Urges Immediate End to Hostilities to Safeguard Democratic Transition

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Minister Amery Browne at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 7, 2023. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Minister Amery Browne at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 7, 2023. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has called for an immediate end to hostilities to safeguard democratic transition in Sudan.

In a statement on April 15, addressing the dangerous fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Security Forces in Sudan, Blinken argued that he conflict threatens the security of Sudanese civilians and undermines efforts to restore the country’s democratic transition.

He called for an immediate end to hostilities without pre-condition.

During consultations with Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the parties agreed on the urgency of ending the conflict.

Secretary Blinken urged General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan and General Mohamed Hamdan Degalo to take active measures to reduce tensions and ensure the safety of all civilians. He emphasized that the only way forward is to return to negotiations that support the Sudanese people’s democratic aspirations.

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum remains in close contact with Blinken, and the U.S. has full accountability of its personnel. Additionally, communication with American citizens in the region regarding safety measures and other precautions is ongoing.

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