Burhans Secret Meeting: Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan boarded a jet to Egypt a day ahead of the coup, the Wall Street Journal reported. Al-Burhan met with US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman in his office in Khartoum on Saturday the 23rd of October.

Al-Burhan affirmed the Armed Forces would protect the transition towards elections and democratisation and reassured their intention to impair any attempted coup from blocking the democratic transition, according to local reports. Right after that, he boarded a jet to Egypt for secret talks to ensure his coup plot would have regional support.

Upon his return al-Burhan ousted the government and took control of authorities, bringing an end to a transitional power sharing period with a civilian administration.

Just before the coup, Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate, earlier Chief of Staff to the President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Abbas Kamel, traveled to Khartoum to meet General al-Burhan, but he ignored Hamdok, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Three sources told Wall Street Journal; Kamel had told al-Burhan that PM Abdalla Hamdok “has to go” over his stance on Ethiopia regarding the Rennaissance Dam.

“Burhan and his military supporters have hijacked and betrayed the aspirations of the Sudanese people”

The American reactions to Burhans secret meeting and actions were strong. “We did not receive any sort of heads-up from the military that they would be undertaking these anti-democratic actions,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told.

The US Envoy for the Horn of Africa accused the Burhan-led movement of ‘hijacking’ and ‘betraying’ the aspirations of the Sudanese people and ‘turning over’ the entire negotiating table “in favor of military takeover.”

Jeffrey Feltman states that the military seemed to be talking to them in bad faith, “because they were talking to us about how to address the concerns they had through constitutional means and instead, as soon as we left, they decided to just turn over the entire negotiating table in favor of a military takeover”.

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