US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told Sudan’s army chief and prime minister in talks on Monday that the country needed to make more “progress” before Washington resumed disbursing $700 million in suspended aid.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the minister’s “message” is that “we must continue to see progress,” considering that the prime minister’s return to power is an “important first step”, but it is “no more than that.”
In response to a question whether the United States is ready to resume the financial aid that has been suspended, he replied that it depends “on what happens in the next few hours, days and weeks.”
Signing the political agreement
It is noteworthy that the prime minister, who lost his civil political incubator by signing a political agreement with the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, had confirmed on Sunday that he had agreed to agree with the army leaders, for several basic reasons, most notably to spare the blood of the Sudanese youth. He said at the time from the Republican Palace, “I know that young people have the ability to sacrifice and determination and offer everything that is valuable, but Sudanese blood is precious.”
Abdullah Hamdouk after signing the political agreement with Al-Burhan (AFP)
Back to the democratic transition
He also stressed that the agreement aims to return the country to a democratic transition and preserve the gains of the past two years, stressing that it will fortify the civil democratic transition in the country.
It is noteworthy that the agreement came about 3 weeks after the army imposed a state of emergency, following the dissolution of the government and the Sovereignty Council, as well as the suspension of provisions in the constitutional document.
It also came after demonstrations and protests in Khartoum and other areas, which led to dozens of deaths and injuries.
Its first results were crystallized at dawn today, through the release of 4 prominent politicians, while dozens are still in custody, including Mohamed Saleh, Hamdok’s media advisor, as well as his former adviser, Fayez al-Silik, in addition to both the former member of the Sovereign Council Muhammad al-Faki Suleiman and the two ministers Khaled Omar and Ibrahim Sheikh.