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On Tuesday, the United States expressed its support for the process of “democratic transition and the cause of freedoms” in Sudan.

This came during a meeting with Acting US Assistant Secretary of State Brian Hunt, Minister of Federal Government in Sudan Buthaina Dinar, at the ministry’s headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, according to the official Sudan News Agency.

Hunt said, “The United States supports the process of democratic transition and the aspirations of the people, and the cause of freedoms in Sudan.”

He added, “We are pleased with the steps taken by the various parties to stop the operation that aims to infringe on the democratic transition in Sudan recently.”

For its part, Dinar clarified that “the visit of the Acting US Assistant Secretary of State comes within the framework of the United States’ support for the democratic transition in Sudan.”

For days, tensions have been escalating between the military and civilian components of the transitional authority; Because of the criticism leveled by military leaders to the political forces, against the background of the army’s announcement, a week ago, that it thwarted a military coup attempt.

On the 21st of this September, the army announced that it had thwarted a coup attempt with military elements supporting the regime of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

On the day following the coup attempt, the head of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, accused the politicians of not caring about the citizens’ problems, while the Vice-President of the Sovereignty Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo “Hemedti” said that “the causes of the military coups are the politicians who neglected citizen services and were preoccupied with chairs.” and division of power.

Civilian officials, including Muhammad al-Faki Suleiman, a member of the civilian component of the council, responded, considering the accusations of Al-Burhan and Hemedti “paving the way for a coup” before handing over the leadership of the Sovereignty Council (representing the presidency) from the military component to the civilian component, next November.

On the situation in eastern Sudan, the Sudanese minister said that the meeting also dealt with “the complications there and the work of the committee and the government to resolve the issue, and the establishment of the Governance Conference in eastern Sudan.”

And she continued, “This will not be achieved without the cooperation of the ruling partners in Sudan and their overcoming of the problems facing the transition.”

And since September 17, the “Supreme Council of Beja Opticals” in eastern Sudan has closed all ports on the Red Sea and the main road between Khartoum and Port Sudan.

The tribal council is protesting against the “East track” within the peace agreement signed in Juba, between Khartoum and armed rebel movements, as it complains about the marginalization of the eastern regions, and demands the abolition of the track and the establishment of a national conference for eastern issues, which will result in the approval of development projects in it.

Since August 21, 2019, Sudan has been living a 53-month transitional period that ends with holding elections in early 2024, during which power is shared by the army, civilian forces and armed movements that signed a peace agreement with the government on 3 October.

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