UAE: Proactive in supporting Sudan during crisis

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The United Arab Emirates continues to provide support to the Sudanese people and to the transitional stage that was produced by the Sudanese revolution in the context of building a stable democratic country.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, discussed with the President of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdouk, bilateral cooperation and regional issues.

This came during two phone calls made by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi with Al-Burhan and Hamdock, on Friday.”Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Al-Burhan, during the contact, talked about issues of bilateral cooperation, and exchanged views on some regional issues,” said a statement issued by the Governing Council of the ruling in Sudan’s media.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi congratulated Al-Burhan on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.Later, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported that Prime Minister Hamdock received a phone call from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. During the contact, the two sides discussed “the relations between the two countries and ways to enhance and strengthen them,” according to the same source.

Hamdouk thanked Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for his continuous support to the Sudan and congratulated him on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, wishing the continued prosperity and progress of the brotherly Emirati people. Abu Dhabi is considered to be one of the most supportive states of Khartoum, as Burhan and Hamdouk visited the UAE for a two-day visit in October.

The call also comes in light of the economic crisis in Sudan, with the escalation of the Corona epidemic spread’s fear. The UN Security Council expressed on Friday,  “concerns about the repercussions of the emerging Corona Virus COVID-19 pandemic on the economic, social and humanitarian situation in Sudan.”

The remarks came after the end of two public and closed sessions of the Council, during which they heard testimonies from the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, and his Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, John Pierre Lacroix.

The Ambassador, Jose Singer, said, “The members of the Council reaffirmed their support for the efforts of the Government of Sudan to see the country through a successful transitional process in a way that fulfills the hopes and aspirations of the people for a peaceful, stable, democratic and prosperous future.”

“The members of the council also welcomed the commitment of the government of Sudan and most armed groups to enter peace talks to reach a comprehensive peace agreement,” he added. “And they encouraged all parties to engage constructively and immediately without preconditions to conclude the negotiations on a comprehensive peace agreement.”

“The Council also welcomed the positive responses by the Sudanese government and armed groups to the call by the United Nations Secretary-General (Antonio Guterres) for a global ceasefire,”.Regarding the situation in the Darfur region, the President of the Security Council said, “Representatives of the member states stressed the need to avoid a return to the conflict in Darfur and to protect the peace building gains.”

They also reaffirmed their intention to take a decision on responsible withdrawal, the exit of the hybrid operation of the United Nations and the African Union (UNAMID) and the establishment of a subsequent presence of the hybrid operation by May 31st, in close cooperation with the government of Sudan, he added. It is noteworthy that the UNAMID forces were due to withdraw from the Darfur region last October.

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