Secretary Blinken’s Call with Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke yesterday with Sudanese prime minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody. Blinken expressed his deep concern over the ongoing takeover and emphasized the need for the Sudanese military to refrain from violence against protesters.

You can read the full account of Secretary Blinken’s call with PM Hamdok below. It is unknown what PM Hamdok said.

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The Secretary welcomed the Prime Minister’s release from custody and reiterated his call on Sudanese military forces to release all civilian leaders in detention and to ensure their safety.

He also expressed his deep concern about the ongoing military takeover and repeated the imperative for military forces to use restraint and avoid violence in responding to demonstrators.

The Secretary emphasized U.S. support for the civilian-led transition to democracy and for a return to the principles of Sudan’s transitional framework, as laid out in the 2019 Constitutional Declaration and the 2020 Juba Peace Agreement. He noted the growing chorus of international voices condemning the military takeover and supporting the calls by the Sudanese people for civilian leadership, democracy, and peace.

Continued Resistance

State oil company workers and doctors in Sudan said on Wednesday they were joining protests against the military coup that has derailed the country’s planned transition to democracy.

A group of neighborhood committees in the capital Khartoum has announced plans for further protests leading to what it said would be a “march of millions” on Saturday.

The African Union on Wednesday suspended Sudan from all its activities until civilian rule is restored in the country.

Hamada, a activist in Khartoum, said on Tuesday night that people were still demonstrating despite the danger. The scarce access to the internet – which the military has restricted – means that analogous protests are being used.

– Civil disobedience and local demonstrations at night in the neighborhood. This makes it more difficult for the army, security forces and police to know where people are coming from. People are also putting up obstacles on the roads to stop army vehicles, Hamada says.

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