Saudi Arabia, the US, the UAE, and the UK released a joint statement on Wednesday urging Sudan’s army to restore the civilian-led government and state institutions. “We demand the quick reinstatement of the Sudanese transitional state’s administration and institutions led by civilians,” it declared.
“We support the release of all detainees involved in recent events, as well as the end of the state of emergency,” the statement said.
The four states said, “Violence has no place in the new Sudan.” “In this context, we strongly encourage all parties to engage in constructive discourse and urge everyone to strive toward making peace and security a key priority for the Sudanese people.”
Throughout the transitional period leading up to the elections, the US, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom all underlined the significance of “genuine civil-military coordination.”
Sudan is in the midst of a new military coup, with army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declaring the dissolution of the Sovereignty Council and the government on Monday.
He announced a state of emergency when most ministries and citizens departed the country. As international pressure mounted for civilians to regain authority, the bulk of ministries and civilian authorities in charge were suspended.
The army sought to deflect public criticism by releasing the ousted Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, who was among those imprisoned, to his house after Western governments and the UN asked him to be released.
However, according to Burhan’s office, he is still “under heavy protection,” and “several ministries and political people are still being kept in unknown areas.”