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Blinken: Washington strongly rejects the dissolution of the transitional government in Sudan

On Tuesday night, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed the United States’ rejection of dissolving the transitional government in Sudan headed by Abdullah Hamdok, calling for a return to civilian rule.

The US Secretary of State said in a statement that “the United States strongly condemns the actions of the Sudanese military forces,” expressing grave concern over reports of security forces using live ammunition against demonstrators.

He added, “We strongly reject the dissolution of the transitional government led by civilians and its associated institutions, and call for its immediate restoration.

Blinken confirmed that Washington would immediately stop providing $700 million in emergency financial support to Sudan.

On Monday, the United States “strongly” condemned the declaration by the President of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, of a state of emergency in the country, and the previous arrests of civilian leaders.

The United States called on Sudan’s military leaders to immediately return to civilian rule and to release Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

In a speech on Monday, Al-Burhan announced the dissolution of the Sovereignty Council, which he headed, as well as the government, and froze work on some provisions of the constitutional document that was agreed upon between the military and civilian components in 2019.

Earlier on Monday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price announced that the United States would “temporarily suspend” hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Sudan .

Price said, during a press conference in Washington, DC, that the suspension would be part of a $700 million aid package, not the entire package.

The spokesman added that the arrests of members of the government, including the Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok , undermine the process of the country’s transformation into a democratic state with civilian rule

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