World leaders voiced concerns over the current situation in Sudan, on Monday, after soldiers detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and ministers in his government.
Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and dissolved the authorities leading the country’s democratic transition. Al-Burhan announced the formation of a new government after soldiers detained civilian leaders in what activists denounced as a “coup”.
Thousands of people have flooded into the streets to protest the military coup that threatens the country’s shaky progress toward democracy.
In response, the U.S. Embassy in Sudan said it was “gravely concerned” after the announcement, calling on “all actors who are disrupting Sudan’s transition to stand down, and allow the civilian-led transitional government to continue its important work to achieve the goals of the revolution.”
The U.S. embassy is gravely concerned by reports that the armed forces have taken action against Sudan's civilian government, and condemns actions that are undermining Sudan's democratic transition. (1/2)
— US Embassy Khartoum (@USEmbassyKRT) October 25, 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron voiced concerns over the military coup underway in Sudan.
“France condemns in the strongest terms the attempted coup d’état,” Macron tweeted, affirming that his country supports the transitional government that had been tasked with steering Sudan toward democratic elections.
La France condamne avec la plus grande fermeté la tentative de coup d'État au Soudan. J’exprime notre soutien au gouvernement de transition soudanais et appelle à la libération immédiate et au respect de l’intégrité du Premier ministre et des dirigeants civils.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 25, 2021
The French president also called for the “immediate release” of Sudan’s prime minister and other civilian leaders who have been detained.
China joined the growing global concern over the critical situation in Sudan and urged a dialogue between Sudanese factions as an apparent military coup roils the nation.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China wanted all parties in Sudan “to resolve their differences through dialogue so as to maintain peace and stability of the country.”
Wang told reporters that China would continue to closely follow the turbulence in Sudan and “take necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel there.”
German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass condemned the attempted takeover in the vast east African country and called the news “dismaying.”
“This attempted coup must end immediately,” Mass said, urging “all those who bear responsibility for security and state order in Sudan to continue the peaceful political transition process in Sudan toward democracy.”
Egypt has urged all parties in neighboring Sudan to work to ensure “stability and security” amid the military takeover of the East African country, according to the Foreign Ministry.
The ministry affirmed that Egypt was “closely following” the country’s tumult and emphasized the need to deal “with current challenges in a manner that guarantees the safety of this brotherly country.”
The United States
U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said Washington was “deeply alarmed” about the events and warned that a military coup could jeopardize American aid to Sudan.
Moreover, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre asserted that the US rejects the actions by the military and calls for “the immediate release of the prime minister and others who have been placed under house arrest.”
Saudi Arabia has also voiced concerns over Sudan coup, and issued a call for “restraint and calm” in the country amid the army’s takeover.
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement of concern, calling on Sudanese factions to unify and “preserve the political and economic gains that have been achieved.”
The kingdom “affirms its continued standing with the brotherly Sudanese people,” the statement read.