A delegation from the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament started today, Thursday, in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, talks with the various political parties. With the aim of ending the crisis and forming a transitional government that would lead the country to a democratic transition.
The European delegation, headed by the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Representative David McCallist, held separate meetings with the Vice-President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, and a member of the Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Shams El-Din Kabbashi.
The delegation, which arrived in Khartoum earlier today, Thursday, also met separately with the two parties to freedom and change, the “Central Council and the National Accord”, and discussed with them the political crisis and listened to their vision on getting out of it and restoring the path of transition.
In a press statement, after his meeting with Hemedti, McClellist affirmed that the European Union stands by the Sudanese people to achieve their aspirations towards democracy by forming their civilian government, welcoming the Sudanese army’s decision to withdraw from the political process.
He affirmed the European Union’s support for the efforts of the tripartite mechanism to help bridge differences and facilitate the democratic re-transition, noting the need for all actors to start building the political process.
The European official pointed to the importance of starting the transitional justice process, and bringing to justice all those who committed violations against human rights through the Sudanese government’s cooperation with the International Criminal Court, explaining that any delay in the agreement and addressing the political crisis will lead to an exacerbation and deterioration of the economy and the humanitarian situation throughout the country, and will increase One of the challenges faced by the Sudanese people.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Freedom and Change Group – National Consensus, Mubarak Ardol, said that the European delegation listened to the group’s vision on the political process, stressing “the need for a comprehensive dialogue for all parties that does not exclude anyone, except for the dissolved National Congress Party, and the formation of a national mechanism that brings together all initiatives.” presented in one document to manage the transition to elections.”
He pointed out in a press statement that “the meeting also discussed the relationship between civilians and the military, and what it should be for the stability of the transitional period until the elections.”
Ardol explained that reaching the elections begins with the proper establishment of the transitional period, with the participation of all parties without exclusion, calling for the European Union to support the political process taking place between the Sudanese parties.
For its part, the Forces of Freedom and Change – the Central Council, said in a press statement, a copy of which was received by Erm News, that it “held an important meeting with the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the European Parliament and his delegation on issues of civil and democratic transition.”
The statement explained that “the forces of freedom and change raised during the meeting the need to stop the violence being practiced against the mass movement by the authority, protect civilians, and support a credible political process that leads to the establishment of a genuine democratic civil government, which is the basis for stability in Sudan and the region.”
The statement stated that “the head of the European Union’s Foreign Relations Committee affirmed their full and complete support for the Sudanese demand for democracy and democratic civil rule, and that this is their main message to those they meet on their current one-day visit to Khartoum.”
Two days ago, the European Parliament issued a statement saying that its delegation, which is visiting Sudan for one day, will hold meetings with the Sudanese authorities and civil society in Khartoum, and will affirm its support for the “Sudanese people in their struggle for democracy.”
Sudan is going through a fragile transition experience that began with a partnership between the army and political forces, in August of 2019, before it collapsed in October of 2021, after the army chief dissolved the government of Abdullah Hamdok, and removed civilians from power, and since then Time Resistance committees and political forces engage in protests against military rule, and are demanding the restoration of the transition path through a civilian-led government.