Deputy Chairman of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), warned the West of a new refugee crisis through Khartoum, if it did not support the country’s regime under the expected government, stressing that the government will work to stabilize the refugee situation at the present time.
The commander of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces said in an interview with the European version of “Politico” magazine, which was published on Wednesday, that Europe and the US have no choice but to support the new government to avoid the refugee crisis, noting that Sudan’s borders are under the control of the army.
Hemedti’s statements come at a time when his country is experiencing political turmoil, and the army is facing protests against the decisions it took on October 25, most notably the dissolution of the transitional government institutions, and the arrest of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and a number of members of his government, which provoked international condemnation.
But last week, Hamdok was reinstated under an agreement between the army and the prime minister, which failed to quell pro-democracy protests in Sudan and left Western allies on edge.
Speaking via a video call from Khartoum, Dagalo, better known as Hemedti, added, “Out of our commitment to the international community and the law, we care about these people. If Sudan opens the border, it will create a huge problem around the world.”
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Hemedti said that his message to Europe and the US aims to “remove their suspicions, and consider him and (the leader of the Sudanese army, the head of the new Transitional Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan) as sources of stability,” pointing to the presence of a large number of refugees in Sudan.
According to the United Nations, Sudan hosts more than a million refugees from other countries, and the IAEA notes that nearly 7 million Sudanese and South Sudanese have been forcibly displaced, either within their own country or across the region.
During his interview with Politico, Dagalo confirmed that the army will allow free elections to be held in July 2023, describing the army’s recent moves to seize power as a “corrective measure” during that transitional period.