January 30, 2023 (KHARTOUM) – Abdel Fattah al-Burhan called on the Sudanese to resolve their problems by themselves and not to seek solutions from outside the country.
Al-Burhad made his remarks during the launch of a Saudi project to build 500 underground water pumping stations in Sudan on Monday.
“Everyone should not wait for solutions that come from outside the country and work to solve our problems by ourselves to build Sudan,” he said in presence of the Saudi ambassador to Khartoum.
“We will stand as a bulwark against anyone who wants to tamper with the security and stability of Sudan,” he further said.
Sudanese political actors including the military leaders have launched a process aiming to restore a transitional civilian government facilitated by the Trilateral Mechanism.
But two former rebel groups, signatory of the Juba peace agreement and their allies refused to join the process. But they will travel to Cairo for a meeting on the political crisis organized by the Egyptian government.
Earlier last week, al-Burhan ended a mediation to bring the two Darfur armed groups to join the internal process. However, the holdout groups met his deputy on Sunday to discuss ways to resume discussions with signatories of the framework agreement.
U.S.reiterates support for Sudan’s internal process
On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.
After the meeting, Ned Price U.S. State Department Spokesperson said that the two sides discussed the Sudanese in Sudan among other regional issues.
“The Secretary commended President El-Sisi for Egypt’s important role in promoting stability in the region (…) and underscored the importance of the Framework Political Agreement to the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people,” stressed Price.
In Khartoum, Aidan O’Hara European Union Ambassador to Sudan, met with al-Burhan on Monday to reiterate their support for the ongoing political process.
O’Hara told reporters that the EU, France, Germany, Norway U.S. and U.K. ambassadors, would hold a meeting with al-Burhan and his deputy to discuss ways to make the political process a success and to resume humanitarian and economic support to Sudan.