Blinken Urges Sudan Military Chief to Restore Civil Government
The US Secretary of State urged Prime Minister Hamdok and Sudan's military chief to release all detained prisoners and restore the civilian government.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to release prisoners and restore a civilian-led government, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a press release.
"The Secretary urged General Burhan to immediately release all political figures detained since October 25 and return to a dialogue that returns Prime Minister [Abdalla] Hamdok to office and restores civilian-led governance in Sudan," Price stated Thursday.
United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, stressed the same message in a second call with Hamdok, emphasizing that restoring Sudan's democratic transition will allow the two nations to resume a solid partnership.
On October 25, the military detained Hamdok and some other members of the government. The same day, al-Burhan, head of Sudan's Sovereign Council, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the council and the government.
Earlier on Thursday, Al-Burhan ordered the release of four ministers imprisoned in the military coup, according to state television.
Al-Burhan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke on the phone shortly after, and Guterres personally urged the military chief to restore the country's democratic transition and constitutional order.
Last week, Al-Burhan told Sputnik he would welcome Hamdok's return to politics.