The African Union is ready to resume its participation in the political process in the Sudan

Sudan announced that the African Union was ready to resume participation in the country’s political process.

This came during the meeting of the President of the Sovereign Council, Abdul Fatah al-Burhan, with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Musa Faki, in New York, according to a statement by the Sovereign Council.

On 8 June, a national dialogue was launched in Sudan to resolve the political crisis under the auspices of the African Union, the United Nations and the Government Authority for Development (IGAD).

On 12 December, the tripartite mechanism announced the postponement of the second round of dialogue to a later date.

During the meeting, Al-Burhan and Faki discussed the “situation in the Sudan, particularly the political situation and the complexities of the transition”.

The African official expressed “the Union’s readiness to resume its participation in the political process in the Sudan.”

Al-Burhan called on “the African Union as a representative of the Chairperson of the Commission to continue its positions in support of the Sudan.”

Since 25 October 2021, the Sudan has been witnessing popular protests calling for the return of democratic civilian rule and rejecting the actions of the President of the Sovereign Council, the army chief, as the exceptional proof that the rejectionists consider a “military coup d ‘état.”

Al-Burhan denied his accusation of a military coup d ‘état and stated that his actions were aimed at “reversing the transition” and pledged to hand over power through elections or national consensus.

On 21 August 2019, Sudan began a transitional phase, ending with elections in early 2024, during which the army, civilian forces and armed movements signed with the Government a peace agreement in 2020.

In the same vein, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s meetings.

“The Sudan appreciates Russia’s supportive positions in the Security Council”

He stressed “the continued cooperation between Khartoum and Moscow in various fields.”

For his part, Lavrov praised Sudan’s “neutral attitude towards the crisis between Russia and Ukraine” and stressed “Russia’s continued support and standing with the Sudan in all international forums”, according to the same source.

On February 24, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine followed by international rejection and tight economic sanctions on Moscow, which requires the end of its operation that Kiev abandon plans to join military entities and observe neutrality, which the latter promises to “interfere” with its sovereignty, as most Arab countries have taken a neutral stance on the crisis.

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