Sudan: 'Strong pledges of commitment' given to carry out transition deal — US Official

Various political factions in Sudan have given 'very strong pledges of commitment' to implement a transition to a civilian-led government in Sudan, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale said in Khartoum on Wednesday. «I conclude my visit having heard very strong pledges of commitment by all the people I met to have this transition agreement work in word and in deed, to... Еще ensure there is a peaceful transition to a democratic government, to ensure that there is accountability for what has happened in the recent past, and to put Sudan on this path,» Hale said while speaking to the press. «The international community including the United States is strongly supportive and stands ready to use our diplomatic tools to help achieve those goals,» he added. Hale also stated that certain issues needed to be resolved before Sudan would be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, including «the promotion of human rights and religious freedom, counter-terrorism efforts are important as well, expanding those, addressing certain terrorist-relating claims by American citizens, and other areas of long-standing American concern to promote internal peace, political stability, and economic recovery in Sudan.» On Sunday, the Transitional Military Council (TMC) signed a declaration with leaders of Sudan's protest movement that will pave the way to transition to a civilian-led government after months of protests and disruption. The TMC took control of Sudan after the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir in April amid mass protests against his 30-year rule.

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