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US supports formation of unified and professional army  in Sudan

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August 4, 2021 (Khartoum) The United States of America announced its support for the establishment of a unified and professional Sudanese armed forces that would bring together the army, rapid support and armed struggle movements under one command in Sudan.

Ms. Samantha Power, the Executive Director of the USAID t, said in a lecture she gave today in the Sharjah Hall of the University of Khartoum ,  that the United States considers that one of the means of stability in Sudan is the formation of a national army  in which the Sudanese armed forces, the Rapid Support Forces and the forces of the armed struggle  movements are integrated.

The American official stressed that what Sudan needs now, before aid and external support, is the support of the Sudanese youth and all civil society organizations of the  revolution, which it brought without external support and in a way that astonished the world and in a peaceful manner that robbed the ousted president of the ability to use violence against the revolutionaries.

Mrs. Pawarana emphasized that whatever is said, Sudan has never been more secure than it is now compared to the past thirty years.

The senior American official al touched upon the disappearance of ghost houses, the expansion of freedoms, stopping the war, opening up to the world, removing the name of Sudan from the list of terrorism, and that Sudan and the United States are now in a state of pursuit of partnership, while they have been in a state of hostility and war for thirty years. She added that Sudan is rich in its various resources, but the most important resource for Sudan now, which must be relied upon, are the Sudanese citizens.  She urged  the Sudanese youths to always remember everything they did until the Sudanese revolution became an example, a role model and a guide.   She said that the University of Khartoum also played a major pivotal role in the 1989 uprising, which ended the dictatorship that had lasted since May 1969, and then it played an important and fundamental role during and after the success of the December revolution that led to the current transitional government in 2019.   In the presence of Dr. Nasr El-Din Abdel Bari, Minister of Justice, Samanta referred to the courageous  decisions taken by the civilian transitional government now, including the removal of  public Act  order.

She stressed that the United States will always stand with Sudan as it continues the path on the principles of peace, freedom, justice, equality and democracy, saying that her country wants to help and contribute with Sudan in exploiting its many wealth and resources.  Samantha indicated that the challenges facing Sudan are many, but the Sudanese people  must have more patience with the government they brought through their revolution, which has taken strong and harsh measures, but it was a necessary condition to bring the country to the situation it is in now, so that it can now benefit from Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.  Ms. Power  lauded  the history of the Sudanese revolutions, commencing with  October 1964 revolution , which started from the prestigious University of Khartoum, which provided an example to follow and an indication of the revolution’s march.  MS. Power commended the appointment  of  Professor Fadwa Abdel Rahman Ali Taha as vice chancellor of Khartoum University,  succeeding 19 men who preceded her in the leadership of  the university over the past  hundred years.  Professor Fadwa Abdel Rahman Ali Taha, Director of the University of Khartoum, opened the lecture with a generous introduction in which she welcomed the attendees, who included civil society organizations, in addition to honoring the Minister of Justice Bajab, the US Chargé d’Affairs in Sudan, Brian Shawkan, and the Director of the US Agency for International Cooperation in Sudan, Mr. Marvin Farrow.   Samanta had announced a set of contributions made by her country to Sudan, including the contribution of USAID to the amount of 56 million dollars in support of the peripheral and marginalized areas in Sudan to provide basic services in them such as water, health and the environment sanitaion , in addition to its contribution also with an amount of 4.3 million dollars in the establishment and creation of a commission that works on the preparation,  and implementation of elections fter the transitional period in the country, in addition to sending a plane within two days carrying Covid-19 vaccines, estimated at more than half a million doses.   Samantha referred to the efforts of the Sudanese government to mitigate the effects of the economic program and  lifting subsidy on fuel  and other commidies ,  stressing that her country will support the transitional government led by Hamdok in order to implement this program to reach all eligible Sudanese families.   She said that her country is determined to support Sudan in various fields, especially in the agricultural field, and to work to establish an agency for the development of agriculture in Sudan, which contributes to supporting the country and developing this important sector and exploiting Sudan’s wealth of land, water and resources.  She affirmed her country’s support for  civil society organizations, which played a major role in the success of the Sudanese revolution, until it became an example to be followed.

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