The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with Abdallah Hamdok, the Sudanese Prime Minister, to discuss the Dr. Hamdok’s new initiative.
AlTaghyeer: US State Department
In a statement attributable to spokesperson Ned Price, US Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok spoke to discuss the peace progress, political, security, and economic reforms, as well as other pressing matters.
Sudan’s commitment to normalizing relations with Israel was also a part of the discussion, coming on the heels of the latest news concerning the Biden administration intervening to encourage the Israeli side to communicate with the civilian half of the Sudanese transitional government.
In their talk, Secretary Blinken affirmed his government’s support of the Prime Minister and the civilian-led transitional government.
Last week, after warning that Sudan is currently undergoing a crisis threatening its own existence, Hamdok revealed an initiative aimed at re-directing the course of the transition, steering it out of its comprehensive national crisis.
Dr. Abdallah Hamdok called for a reform of the security and military sector during last week’s communiqé, having particularly mentioned concerns regarding the security issue multiple times during his press conference.
The Prime Minister and The Secretary of State discussed Hamdok’s new initiative aimed at reinforcing national unity and implementing the steps necessary for the formation of a legislative council.
The two parties also discussed the reform to the Sudanese Armed Forces and the plan to integrate other forces into it, thereby forming one unified, professional army.
Another part of the initiative concerned with justice and accountability was also discussed during the communication between the two.
Hamdok had touched on the subject, and even proposed reforms to the issues of justice and accountability.
The reforms addressed in particular the infamous sit-in dispersal crimes that took hundreds of lives in one of the worst displays of violence witnessed in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.