Sudanese protest near the military headquarters in Khartoum on Sunday. Agence France-Presse
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has directed to communicate with Sudan’s transitional military council to explore the prospects of accelerating aid for the brotherly people of Sudan.
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Saudi Arabia has said that it “stands by the Sudanese people” and calls on all Sudanese “to give priority to the national interest” of their country.
Saudi King Salman has also ordered an unspecified package of aid for Sudan, reported SPA.
The UAE has welcomed the appointment of Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan Abdelrahman as the new head of Sudan’s transitional military council.
“The UAE is following with a great interest this defining moment in Sudan’s modern history and reiterates full trust in the ability of the Sudanese people and their national army to survive the challenges in a way that ensures stability, prosperity and development for the nation.
Meanwhile, Sudanese protesters on Sunday demanded the country’s military rulers “immediately” hand power over to a civilian government that should then bring ousted leader Omar Al Bashir to justice.
Thousands remained encamped outside Khartoum’s army headquarters to keep up pressure on a military council that took power after ousting Bashir on Thursday.
On Sunday the organisation which spearheaded the protests against Bashir, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), called on the military council “to immediately transfer power to a civilian government.”
The SPA also demanded the next “transitional government and the armed forces to bring Bashir and all the chiefs of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)... to justice.”“The Sudanese Professionals Association calls on its supporters to continue with the sit-in until the revolution achieves its demands,” it added.
Earlier the military council met with political parties and urged them to agree on an “independent figure” to be the country’s prime minister, a media correspondent present at the meeting said.
“We want to set up a civilian state based on freedom, justice and democracy,” a council member, Lieutenant General Yasser Al Ata, told several political parties, urging them to agree on the figures to sit in civilian government.
The protesters have insisted civilian representatives must join the military council.
A 10-member delegation representing the protesters delivered their demands during talks with the council late on Saturday, according to a statement by the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group spearheading the rallies.
The foreign ministry urged the international community to back the military council “to achieve the Sudanese goal of democratic transition,” it said in a statement.
The UAE reaffirms its support for the steps taken by Sudan’s transitional military council to protect people and property, wishing these steps would ensure security and stability for the sisterly country.
The council chief General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan was “committed to having a complete civilian government and the role of the council will be to maintain the sovereignty of the country,” it added.
Talks between protest leaders and Sudan’s new rulers were followed Sunday by a meeting between Washington’s top envoy to Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, and the military council’s deputy.
Mohammad Hamdan Daglo, widely known as Himeidti, told Koutsis “about the measures taken by the military council to preserve the security and stability of the country,” the official SUNA news agency reported.
Himeidti is a field commander for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit, which rights groups have accused of abuses in the war-torn Darfur region.
The food shipment falls within the framework of the $3 billion (Dhs11 billion) Saudi Arabia-UAE joint aid package to support Sudan’s economic and financial stability, announced in April 2019.
In April 2019, the UAE and Saudi Arabia announced their commitment to providing 540,000 tonnes of wheat to enhance food security in Sudan. Last month, both countries shipped two batches of wheat totalling 140,000 tonnes.
The assistance bundle entails $500 million deposit into Sudan's central bank to strengthen the country's liquidity and monetary reserves. The remaining amount will be dedicated to support the people of Sudan, across food, medicines, and fuel derivatives.
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