Sudan: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 1st December 2021.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) discussions she had and (b) other steps she took to assess the views of the (i) Forces of Freedom and Change, (ii) Sudanese Professionals Association and (iii) Resistance Committees before endorsing the Hamdok-Burhan deal through the Troika Statement.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We have been clear that the coup in Sudan on 25 October puts the gains of the last two years at risk. I made the UK's concern clear to the House of Commons on the day of the coup, condemning the military's actions in the strongest terms. Through our statements, bilateral engagement, and work with partners my call from that day remains: for the transition to be restored fully, for civilians to be released and for Sudanese people be able to protest without fear of violence.

The Troika has not endorsed nor is it a party to the 21 November Political Agreement. Along with Canada, the EU, and Switzerland, the Troika recognised the Political Agreement as an important first step, although we understand that progress will be difficult. We will monitor progress and maintain pressure on the military to deliver their commitments and, through their actions, rebuild trust with civilians, the Sudanese public and international community. Since the coup we have engaged with all parties to encourage progress and demonstrate our support for the civilian-led democratic transition. We will continue to do so.

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