World US Africa envoy to visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia
US, Europe warn Sudan's military as democratic transition unravels
With Sudan's fragile transition to democracy all but dead, the United States and Europe have issued a stark warning to the Sudanese military. "Unilateral action to appoint a new Prime Minister and Cabinet would undermine those institutions' credibility and risks plunging the nation into conflict," Norway, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and the European Union said in a joint statement Tuesday. "In the absence of progress, we would look to accelerate efforts to hold those actors impeding the democratic process accountable.
The US special envoy for the Horn of Africa will visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia next week amid ongoing crises in the two African nations, the State Department announced Friday.
David Satterfield and Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee will travel to Riyadh, Khartoum and Addis Ababa from January 17-20.
In Riyadh, the pair will meet with the Friends of Sudan, a group calling for the restoration of the country's transitional government following a military coup in October.
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The meeting aims to "marshal international support" for the UN mission to "facilitate a renewed civilian-led transition to democracy" in Sudan, according to the statement.
Satterfield and Phee will then travel to Khartoum, where they will meet with pro-democracy activists, women's and youth groups, civil organizations and military and political figures.
"Their message will be clear: the United States is committed to freedom, peace, and justice for the Sudanese people," the statement read.
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In Ethiopia, the pair will talk with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to seek a resolution to the deepening civil war.
"They will encourage government officials to seize the current opening for peace by ending the air strikes and other hostilities," the statement read.
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Though many political detainees were freed Friday evening, some decided to wait until Saturday out of safety fears surrounding being out later in the day.Some include opposition leaders like Jawar Mohammed and Eskinder Nega, state broadcaster EBC reported. Both were detained in July 2020 following protests against the killing of Hachalu Hundessa, an Oromo musician and activist.
They will also ask for the establishment of a ceasefire, the release of political prisoners and the restoration of humanitarian access.
Satterfield, the former US ambassador to Turkey, was appointed to replace Jeffrey Feltman as special envoy on January 6.
Feltman quit just as he visited Ethiopia in a bid to encourage peace talks to end more than a year of war following the withdrawal of Tigrayan rebels.
The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front, which last year threatened to march on Addis Ababa, by December had withdrawn to its stronghold, and the government has not pursued the rebels further on the ground.
Feltman had also sought to tackle the crisis in Sudan, but he was treated unceremoniously in October when Sudan's military ruler, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, carried out a coup just after the US envoy had left the country.
Feltman's resignation came days after Sudan's civilian prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, quit, leaving Burhan as the undisputed leader of the country despite Western calls to preserve a democratic transition launched in 2019.
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