(C) Reuters. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks on modernizing American diplomacy during a speech from the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., October 27, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool
(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a phone call with Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi on Thursday, condemned Sudan’s military takeover and the arrest of the country’s civilian leaders.
He said on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) that they also discussed how the United States can best support the Sudanese people’s call for a return to a civilian-led transition to democracy.
Thousands of people in the African country have taken to the streets since Monday’s military’s seizure of power from a transitional government, and several have been killed in clashes with security forces.
The armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who led the military takeover, has dismissed the joint civilian-military council set up to steer the country to democratic elections following the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising in April 2019.
Blinken discussed Washington’s support for a civilian transition in accordance with the Sudanese Constitutional Declaration, the U.S. State Department spokesperson Nid Price said.
Blinken says U.S. condemns Sudan’s military takeover
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