UAE welcomes Burhan as Sudan leader, offers aid

By Rajive Singh

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan Abdelrahman - Image courtesy: Arab News

ABU DHABI 14 April 2019: The UAE has welcomed the appointment of Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan Abdelrahman as the new head of Sudan’s transitional military council.

In a statement last evening, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation described the development as a “step forward reflecting the ambitions of the brotherly people of Sudan towards security, stability and development.”

“The UAE is following with a great interest this defining moment in Sudan’s modern history and reiterates full trust in the ability of the Sudanese people and their national army to survive the challenges in a way that ensures stability, prosperity and development for the nation,” added the statement carried by Wam..

“The UAE reaffirms its support for the steps taken by Sudan’s transitional military council to protect people and property, wishing these steps would ensure security and stability for the sisterly country.”

The statement adds that the UAE wishes all political, factional, popular and military leaders in the Republic of Sudan will work for protecting legitimacy and ensuring a peaceful transfer of power, a better future for the nation and national unity for the people of Sudan.

Former Sudan President Omar Bashir was ousted in a military coup (File Image)

Former Sudan President Omar Bashir has been ousted in a military coup on Thursday after four-months of mass protests

Awad Ibn Auf, Defence Minister headed the transitional military council, but quit on Friday, and has been replaced by Burhan, reports said.

Sudan’s new military ruler held talks on Saturday with opposition leaders about forming a temporary civilian government, promising to “uproot” deposed president Omar Al Bashir’s regime, in a bid to placate demonstrators demanding civilian rule, said Arab News.

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