May 22, 2024

US Successfully Evacuates Government Personnel from Sudan Amid Growing Security Risks and Conflict

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III provides testimony during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) / Chief Financial Officer Michael J. McCord, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2022. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III provides testimony during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) / Chief Financial Officer Michael J. McCord, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2022. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

The United States government has successfully evacuated all US government personnel from Sudan, following the temporary suspension of operations at the US Embassy in Khartoum due to the growing security risks caused by the conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces.

The operation, which was led by US Africa Command and conducted in close coordination with the US State Department, was praised by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who expressed his pride in the professionalism and precision of the service members involved.

“Today, at the direction of the President, the U.S. military conducted a successful operation to safely evacuate U.S. government personnel out of Sudan,” Austin III said in a statement on Saturday night. “This action, led by U.S. Africa Command and conducted in close coordination with the U.S. State Department, demonstrates the Department of Defense’s support for our nation’s diplomatic personnel. I’m proud of our extraordinary service members who executed and supported this operation with outstanding precision and professionalism. We also thank our allies and partners, including Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia, which were critical to the success of this operation.”

In a separate statement, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken reiterated the US government’s commitment to the safety of US personnel, acknowledging the difficulty of suspending operations at the embassy. The Department of State has also issued an updated travel advisory, warning US citizens against traveling to Sudan due to the ongoing armed conflict, civil unrest, crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.

The violence in Sudan has already resulted in significant harm to civilians and essential infrastructure, with intercommunal clashes and attacks by known terrorist groups and individuals sympathetic to these groups. The US government, in partnership with its allies and partners, is calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Sudan, allowing unhindered humanitarian access and respect for the will of the Sudanese people.

President Joe Biden also issued a statement on Saturday night, expressing his pride in the extraordinary commitment of the US Embassy staff and service members involved in the evacuation operation, while also condemning the tragic violence in Sudan and calling for an end to the conflict. He emphasized that the US government’s commitment to the Sudanese people and the future they want for themselves is unending.

The situation in Sudan remains volatile and unpredictable, and the US government continues to work towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict while providing assistance to US citizens in the region.

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