The Sudanese government has postponed sending a central delegation to the capital of the Red Sea State, Port Sudan, to meet with the head of the Supreme Council of Beja Prefectures and Independent Umudiyyah, Muhammad al-Amin Turk.
The Supreme Council of the Beja Prefectures and the Independent Umuddiyah began closing roads leading to the export ports in Port Sudan, to compel the central government to implement a list of requirements that includes canceling the “eastern path” in the Juba Peace Agreement 2020.
The al-Batana Free Platform – one of the council’s constituent bodies – said in a statement that the government made contacts on Saturday, coordinating the eastern Sudanese entities, and demanded an opportunity to address the demands and reduce the escalation.
He explained that they did not object to “any official communication that leads to a political and radical solution to the problem of the East, and that guarantees the achievement of the demands submitted without procrastination.”
The al-Batana platform then revealed that the visit of the central government delegation, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, to Port Sudan, had been postponed to a later time.
The government did not disclose the reasons for postponing the Sunday visit.
The crisis in eastern Sudan escalated, with the head of the Supreme Council of Beja Prefectures and Independent Umudiyyah, Muhammad al-Amin Turk, refusing “the path of the East” and deeming it exclusionary, in addition to a refusal of the appointment of Ammar Saleh as the governor of Kassala.
Although many acknowledge the urgent demands of the people of the East, fear is rising that the demands are being exploited by elements of the deposed regime.