US Condemns 'Military Coup' in Sudan
The United States condemned Monday's events in Sudan after the chair of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan dissolved the council and the transitional government.
The chair of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations condemned the latest developments in Sudan, which underwent a dissolution of the transitional government and the Sovereign Council at the hands of the latter's chair.
The dissolution of the two bodies came amid news about the arrest of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, several ministers, and civil society leaders.
The US condemnation came in form of a press release by Senator Robert Menendez, who said, "The Sudanese military's takeover of the state apparatus is completely unacceptable and will have long-lasting consequences with respect to US-Sudanese relations."
"However, it's not too late to reverse course and stop this attack on Sudan's transition toward democracy," the chairman added, insisting that The military arm of the Sovereign Council must immediately release the civilian members of the transitional government and stop restricting internet access to prevent the world from bearing witness to this crisis."
Menendez urged the Biden administration to use all diplomatic tools possible to send a clear message to the Sudanese forces that they "must return to the barracks."
On her part, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre commented on the developments in Sudan stating that "the United States is deeply alarmed at these reports," adding, "We reject the actions by the military and call for the immediate release of the Prime Minister."
The United States Embassy in Khartoum condemned the "forced removal of the civilian government by Sudan's armed forces," also calling for the release of the officials who had been detained.
US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, rejected the apparent military power grab as "utterly unacceptable."
Several states and international organizations and bodies expressed their concern over the developments in Sudan, with the EU Policy Chief calling for all the powers in Khartoum to resume the transitional process.