Sudan: Burhan dismisses western threats of boycotts

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s army force leader General ‘Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’ on February 12, Saturday dismissed Western threats of boycotts and stated that the conferences between the Israel and Sudan officials were part of the security cooperation instead of political nature.

Burhan led a military coup on October 25 that ended with a partnership between the army and the civilians, which was also meant to conduct diplomatic elections, and created a protest that went long for months and Western censure.

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As per the medics of Sudan, US representatives assured that they would find the options to respond to those 79 protestors who lost their lives in this protest and move to restrict civilian-led government.

Since the coup, Burhan stated that Washington was obtaining incorrect information in his first interview on state television.

He further stated that “Sanctions and their hazard are not useful.”

Burhan also said that he himself took all the responsibility for further investigating the people who died and that five or six were ongoing. But he added that there were doubts about some “outside groups” involvement without exaggregating.

He stated that the military forces were dedicated to handing over power to an elected government or to an arrangement reached through “national consensus,” repeating a commitment to hold elections in mid-2023.

According to him, the military met with opposition committees directing the protest movement, and they agreed on many points. Opposition committees have issued statements rejecting dialogue with the military.

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Before the coup, the military had taken some steps to reach an agreement at the end of 2020 to improve their relations with Israel. That was the initial move taken by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.

Since the coup, Burhan said conferences between Israeli and Sudanese officials had not been high-level‮ ‬and only involved the security and intelligence device.

He further stated that this is a fair matter for these agencies; there is nothing to hide that the information shared enabled us to detect several terrorist organisations located inside Sudan.

Protestors blamed the military troops because President ‘Omar al-Bashir’s ousted and doubted his loyalties. This week, two significant politicians who were part of the committee to dismantle Bashir’s network were arrested.