The State Department announced on Friday that the Horn of Africa’s US envoy will visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia next week.
David Satterfield and Assistant Secretary of State Molly Fee will visit Riyadh, Khartoum and Addis Ababa from January 17th to 20th.
In Riyadh, the pair will meet a friend of Sudan, a group seeking a temporary government recovery after the October military coup.
According to the statement, the conference aims to be a “marshal of international support” for the United Nations’ mission to “promote the transition to a new civilian-led democracy” in Sudan.
Later, Satterfield and Fee move to Khartoum, where they meet democratic activists, groups of women and youth, citizenships, military and political figures.
“Their message will be clear. The United States is committed to the freedom, peace and justice of the Sudanese people,” the statement said.
In Ethiopia, the two will talk with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to find a solution to the growing civil war.
“They will encourage government officials to seize the current openness to peace by ending airstrikes and other hostile acts,” the statement read.
They will also seek to establish a ceasefire, release political prisoners, and restore humanitarian access.
Former US Ambassador to Turkey Sutterfield was appointed to replace Jeffrey Feltman as a special envoy on January 6.
Veltman resigned as he visited Ethiopia to encourage peace talks to end the war for more than a year after the withdrawal of Tigrinya rebels.
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which had threatened to march in Addis Ababa by December last year, has withdrawn to its base and the government is no longer tracking rebels on the ground.
Veltman was also trying to confront the Sudanese crisis, but he was rude when Sudanese military ruler General Abdel Fatta Alberhan couped in October shortly after the U.S. envoy left the country. Was treated.
Veltman’s resignation took place a few days after Sudan’s civilian Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock resigned, and despite the Western call to maintain the democratic transition that began in 2019, everyone in the country made Barhan. I left it as an admitted leader.
US Africa Special Envoy to Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia
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