Washington, 3 October 2021 (GNP/TDI): The Special Envoy of the United States for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman; traveled to Khartoum, Sudan, from 28 September to 1 October; to highlight the US commitment to Sudan’s political transition, as shared by the Spokesperson of the Department of State, Ned Price.
Price considered the political transition of Sudan, as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for democracy. Price mentioned that Feltman had meetings with Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok; and the members of the Cabinet, Sovereign Council Chairman Abdelfattah al-Burhan, members of the Sovereign Council.
According to Price, Feltman then expressed the United States’ commitment to continue political and economical support. Feltman also remarked that support depends on Sudan’s adherence to the transitional order; established in the 2019 Constitutional declaration and then the 2020 Juba Agreement.
According to Price, Feltman warned that failure to meet the key benchmarks will threaten the bilateral relation of Sudan with the US; as this includes assistance, then the prospect of security cooperation that would modernize the Sudanese Army; US support in International Institutions and for debt relief.
Price mentioned; that Feltman encouraged the Cabinet, the Sovereign Council, the Forces of Freedom and Change; to uphold their responsibilities and also reassure the Sudanese citizens that the aspirations of the revolution will be achieved; and avoid mutual recrimination, that they will make progress on the Constitutional Declaration to stabilize the transition.
BENCHMARKS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION
According to Price; the benchmarks include reaching a consensus on the date of the transfer of the Chair of the Sovereign Council to a civilian; develop a new vision to guide the security sector under civilian authority; establishing the Transitional Legislative Council; and then creating the legal and institutional framework for free and fair elections; and then to establish mechanisms for transitional justice.
Finally, Price mentions that the US will continue to monitor developments; in coordination with the Troika and their other partners in Europe, the UN and the African Union. Lastly, Feltman thanked Sudan’s Prime Minister, Hamdok; for his commitment to promoting a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ethiopia, and both agreed to urge a ceasefire and full humanitarian access to the people that suffer.