US envoy, assistant secretary to meet with leaders and civil society actors in the serious crises of the two African nations.
David Satterfield, the new African Union envoy to the United States, and Assistant Secretary Molly Phee will visit Sudan and Ethiopia next week due to ongoing crises in the two African nations.
U.S. authorities will also travel to Saudi Arabia.
They will visit Satterfield and Phee Khartoum, where they will meet with pro-democracy activists, Sudanese women and youth groups, civil society organizations and the military and politicians, the State Department said on Friday.
The couple will meet with the Friends of Sudan, a group demanding the re-establishment of the country’s transitional government. military coup in October.
The meeting is aimed at “providing international assistance” to the United Nations mission to facilitate “a renewed civilian-led transition” in Sudan, according to the statement.
Huge crowds have been taking to the streets regularly to demand the return of Sudanese civilian power since the October 25 coup ended its 2019 power-sharing deal.
“Their message will be clear: The United States is committed to freedom, peace and justice for the people of Sudan,” the statement said.
In Ethiopia, the couple will talk to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to find a solution deepening the civil war.
“Government officials will be encouraged to take advantage of the current openness to peace by ending airstrikes and other enemies,” the statement said.
They will also demand the establishment of a ceasefire, the release of political prisoners and the restoration of humanitarian access.
Satterfield, the former US ambassador to Turkey, was appointed to replace Jeffrey Feltman on January 6.
The Tigris People’s Liberation Front, which had threatened to march on Addis Ababa last year, withdrew to its stronghold in December, and the government has not pursued the rebels on the ground.
Feltman left when he visited Ethiopia, hoping to promote peace talks after the withdrawal of the Tigris rebels.
Feltman also wanted to deal with the Sudanese crisis, but was treated unceremoniously by Sudanese military officials in October. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the coup led to the immediate demise of the US envoy.
Feltman’s resignation came as Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdo resigned in the coming days, leaving Burhan as the undisputed leader of the country, despite calls from the West to preserve the democratic transition that began in 2019.