Sudan strives to achieve a “common goal” of peace, prosperity, freedom and justice |

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The revolution began in December 2018, leading to the overthrow in April 2019 of former President Omar Al-Bashir, who had ruled for three decades.

“A common goal”

In a pre-recorded statement, Prime Minister Hamdok said the Sudanese transitional government continues to implement policies in areas such as rule of law, human rights and economic reform, while launching social protection programs to protect the most vulnerable citizens.

“These programs and policies underpin a common goal of building a secure and stable Sudan where everyone lives in peace, prosperity, freedom and justice, as expressed in the slogans of the glorious revolution. of December, ”he said, speaking through an interpreter.

Sudan is also working to improve security in the volatile Darfur region, he added, through the implementation of a 2020 agreement between the authorities and major armed groups, which has been signed. in Juba, capital of neighboring South Sudan.

Support host communities

On humanitarian issues, the prime minister said his government had “quickly removed” constraints and obstacles hindering aid delivery in conflict areas, but called for greater international support to cope. the situation of refugees and the local communities that host them.

“Sudan, given its geographic location, has experienced a flow of refugees from neighboring countries facing development, economic, security and political challenges,” he said.

“Conditions in refugee camps are better than those in many host communities, so the international community must effectively contribute to the development of these communities within the framework of burden sharing. “

Dam conflict in progress

Prime Minister Hamdok also addressed the ten-year disagreement over the Ethiopian Renaissance Grand Dam (GERD), which is expected to be the largest hydropower project in Africa.

Ethiopia started building the dam in 2011, and the African Union (AU) led the negotiations between the country, Egypt and Sudan.

In July, the UN security Council called its second meeting on the matter, after Ethiopia announced that the dam had started to fill again. In his briefing to the Council, the UN special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, said recent talks had yielded little progress.

While rejecting “all unilateral measures”, Mr. Hamdok declared “we are ready to participate in any peaceful initiative bringing together all parties to reach an agreement in the interest of all parties”.

“A new step”

Despite recent progress, Sudan still needs international support, the prime minister said. He thanked countries, including those who offered debt cancellation, and highlighted the lessons learned from the AU-UN hybrid mission in Darfur, MINUAD, who ended his term last December.

A follow-up mission, UNITAMS, has launched “a new phase,” he said, expressing hope that it will help build peace.

Full speech, in Arabic, linked here.


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