WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden on Thursday demanded that Sudan’s armed forces immediately restore the nation to civilian rule, joining UN and European calls for an end to violence against protesters. peace and the release of detainees.
“Our message to the Sudanese military authorities is strong and clear: the Sudanese people must be allowed to protest peacefully and the civilian-led transitional government must be restored,” Biden said in a statement.
The US president described the events of recent days as “a serious setback” for Sudan, referring to the military coup that plunged the poverty-stricken African country into chaos.
Several protesters have died in days of street violence in the capital Khartoum, when the abrupt collapse of Sudan’s transition to democracy sparked an international outcry.
“I urge Sudan’s military leaders to immediately release all detainees and reestablish the institutions associated with the transitional government,” Biden said.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s de facto leader since the 2019 ouster of veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir after huge youth-led protests, dissolved the country’s fragile government on Monday.
Washington joined world powers, the UN Security Council, the African Union and the Arab League in what Biden called an “international chorus” of condemnation against the military takeover.
The United States “will continue to support the people of Sudan and their nonviolent struggle to advance the goals of the Sudan revolution,” Biden said.
“Freedom, equality, rule of law and respect for human rights must be the foundation for future security and prosperity in Sudan, just as they are throughout the world,” he added.