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Biden, Tshisekedi discuss restoration of Sudan’s democratic transition


October 30, 2021 (KHARTOUM) – U.S. President Joe Biden and President of Congo Felix Tshisekedi discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa and ways to restore a transitional government in Sudan on Saturday.

Biden met with Tshisekedi on the margins of the G20 meeting held in Rome Italy.

In a statement released after the meeting, the White House said the two leaders discussed the situation in Sudan and Ethiopia among other issues related to Africa.

“They also discussed President Tshisekedi’s efforts as the AU Chair to promote peace and security in Africa, including the need to resolve the widening crisis in Ethiopia and restore the civilian-led transitional government in Sudan,” reads the statement.

The U.S. is mobilising international efforts to bring the military junta in Sudan to restore the transitional government in Sudan while the African Union suspended Sudan’s membership and plan to send a mediation team to discuss ways to restore an AU-brokered constitutional declaration in August 2019.

U.S. officials warned they consider further measures to bring the Sudanese military to restore the civilian-led government tasked with reforms paving the way for the re-establishment of a democratic rule in Sudan.

Cameron Hudson a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center on Saturday called to designate the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

The paramilitary force under the command of the deputy head of the military transitional council is responsible for the detention and reported torture of the government officials and political leaders including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok who is under house arrest now.

The SRF, which is accused of war crimes in Darfur, has been used also in the bloody raid on the pro-democracy sit-in on 3 June 2019.

Such designation would further isolate and discredit “Sudan’s ultimate bad actor would show solidarity with the streets and would help remove a perennial spoiler from the country’s political future,” stressed Hudson.