US, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Britain Encouraged by Sudan Agreement

The United States and other nations on Thursday said they are pleased with the political agreement in Sudan and the reinstatement of Abdalla Hamdok as prime minister.

The US State Department, in a joint statement with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Britain, also urged that protesters in Sudan be protected from violence.

Hamdok was reinstated on November 21 amid pressure by the international community in a deal that calls for an independent technocratic Cabinet under military oversight led by him.

However, a large number of people, including civil society activists, rejected the deal by marching on the streets of Sudan’s capital Khartoum and other provinces.

The protests turned violent when the security forces fired toward the protestors in a bid to disrupt them.

According to medics aligned with the protest movement, at least 44 people have been killed during the protests.

In the joint statement, the quartet said protecting demonstrators against violence should remain a “priority”. 

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