Latest news: China calls for dialogue between Sudanese factions


FILE - In this file photo from September 21, 2021, traffic moves through a street in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.  Military forces arrested at least five senior Sudanese government officials on Monday, October 25, 2021, officials said, as the country's main pro-democracy group called on people to take to the streets to counter a military coup. apparent.  (AP Photo / Marwan Ali, file)

FILE – In this file photo from September 21, 2021, traffic moves through a street in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. Military forces arrested at least five senior Sudanese government officials on Monday, October 25, 2021, officials said, as the country’s main pro-democracy group called on people to take to the streets to counter a military coup. apparent. (AP Photo / Marwan Ali, file)

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BEIJING – China calls for dialogue between Sudanese factions as an apparent military coup shakes the nation.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Monday that China wants all parties in Sudan “to resolve their differences through dialogue in order to maintain the peace and stability of the country.”

He told reporters that China will continue to closely monitor the turmoil in Sudan and “take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel there.”

China is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and a major investor in Africa.

Arrests on Monday of Sudan’s interim prime minister and other officials threw Sudan’s fragile path to democracy in limbo after the 2019 ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. During al-Bashir’s harsh rule and despite allegations of human rights violations by his government, China was Sudan’s largest trading partner and a key international partner.

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CAIRO – The Saudi Arabia-based Organization for Islamic Cooperation has expressed concern over the apparent coup in Sudan amid a fragile transition to democracy.

In a statement released by the Saudi state-run news agency, the organization said on Monday it had urged Sudanese leaders to “comply with the constitutional document and what has been agreed during the transition period.”

The statement comes as other countries express concern over the arrest of Sudan’s interim prime minister and other senior officials. Their whereabouts were not immediately known.

Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets as fear of a military coup gripped the country two years after mass protests toppled autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan from ‘an iron fist for three decades.

The OIC of 57 countries is based in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.

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BERLIN – Germany has demanded an immediate end to the apparent military coup in Sudan.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass condemned the attempted takeover in the vast East African country and called the news “appalling”.

“This coup attempt must end immediately,” he said, urging “all those who bear responsibility for state security and order in Sudan to continue the process of peaceful political transition. in Sudan towards democracy ”.

Monday’s statement was one of many other countries expressing concern over the arrest of Sudan’s acting prime minister and other senior officials. Their whereabouts were not immediately known.

Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets as fear of a military coup gripped the country two years after mass protests toppled autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan from ‘an iron fist for three decades. Since 2019, Sudan has been navigating a fragile transition to democracy.

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CAIRO – The United Nations Mission in Sudan has strongly reprimanded what it called an ongoing coup and attempted to undermine the fragile democratic transition in the North East African country.

The first reports of a possible military takeover began to emerge from Sudan before dawn on Monday. In the middle of the morning, the Ministry of Information confirmed that the Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, had been arrested and taken to an undisclosed location. Several senior government officials were also arrested, the ministry said in a Facebook post. He said their fate was unknown.

“The reported detentions of the prime minister, government officials and politicians are unacceptable,” said the newly formed United Nations political mission, which has a mandate to assist the country’s political transition and protect human rights.

The mission called on the Sudanese security forces “to immediately release those who have been unlawfully detained or under house arrest” and urged all parties to “exercise the utmost restraint”.

Diplomats joined a chorus of concern over events that rocked Sudan on Monday, as Sudanese security forces arrested senior government officials in undisclosed locations and thousands took to the streets in sign of protest, two years after mass protests helped overthrow former autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

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CAIRO – The Arab League issued a statement of “deep concern” over the apparent military coup in Sudan.

The secretary general of the 22-member bloc, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, on Monday urged all parties to “fully respect” the constitutional declaration signed in August 2019, which aimed to pave the way for a transition to civilian rule and democratic elections. after the ousting of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

“There are no issues that cannot be resolved without dialogue,” Aboul Gheit said after the Sudanese army arrested the country’s acting prime minister as well as other senior cabinet officials and protesters. flocked to the streets of the capital, Khartoum.

“It is important to respect all the decisions and all the agreements that have been decided (…) by refraining from any measure that would disrupt the transition period and undermine stability in Sudan,” the statement added.

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CAIRO – The European Union has joined the United States in expressing serious concern over a possible military takeover underway in Sudan.

EU Foreign Chief Josep Borrell tweeted on Monday that he was following events in the northeast African country with “the greatest concern” after reports revealed that military forces Sudanese women arrested several senior government officials, including the acting prime minister.

“The EU calls on all regional stakeholders and partners to get the transition process back on track,” Borrell wrote, referring to Sudan’s fragile transition from autocracy to democracy after the long-standing leader’s ouster. date Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Earlier, US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said Washington was “deeply alarmed” and said a military coup would threaten US aid to the impoverished country. .

“As we have said on several occasions, any change made by force to the transitional government endangers US aid,” the US Bureau of African Affairs wrote on Twitter.


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