The situation in Sudan worries the international community. Last week’s failed coup, as well as the crippling activity of the crisis in Port Sudan in the eastern part of the country, highlighted the weaknesses of the transition: civilian-military battles and economic stagnation. Special envoys have therefore been following each other in Khartoum since the beginning of the week.
With our regional correspondent, Florence morice
Most recently arrived in Khartoum: World Bank President David Malpass. After his meeting with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, he said he wanted to “support Sudan in this critical phase”. The severe economic crisis that the country is going through has recently been exacerbated by the blockade Port Sudan in the east, is considered one of the biggest threats to the transition.
There are currently two envoys from the United States in Khartoum: Deputy Secretary of State for the State Department Brian Hunt and Jeffrey Feltman, Washington’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. Already last week, after the failed coup, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan claimed that “any attempt by armed actors to undermine” the Sudanese transition would have “significant consequences” on relations between the two countries.
An oral escalation that has not calmed down since then, oral escalation as civilians and soldiers engaged in and accused each other of being responsible for the situation, concerns for Sudan’s partners increased further. Volker Perthes, the UN representative in Khartoum, also increased the number of meetings with the various components of the transition, to express his “concern” and advocate “dialogue”.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir also said it was urgent to send to Sudan Tut Gatluak, his security adviser, but above all a negotiator of the 2019 Sudanese transition agreement.