Sudanese protesters lift national flags as they rally on 60th Street in the capital Khartoum, to denounce overnight detentions by the army of government members, on October 25, 2021. AFP
The UAE, which along with regional allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt had cultivated close ties to Sudan's top generals, emphasized the importance of securing ``stability as soon as possible, in a manner that achieves the interest and aspirations of the Sudanese people.''
Bahrain's Foreign Ministry said it had ``confidence'' in Sudan's political establishment to ``overcome this crisis through dialogue and understanding.``
French President Emmanuel Macron has added his voice to the growing global concern over the military coup underway in Sudan.
``France condemns in the strongest terms the attempted coup d'etat,'' Macron tweeted, after Sudan's leading general declared a state of emergency and dissolved the civilian government.
Macron said France supports the transitional government that had been tasked with steering Sudan toward democratic elections. He also called for the ``immediate release'' of Sudan's prime minister and other civilian leaders who have been detained.
The United States says the leaders of the military coup underway in Sudan are undermining the country's transition to democracy and should ``stand down.''
The US Embassy in Sudan said on Twitter Monday it was ``gravely concerned'' after Sudan's leading general declared a state of emergency and dissolved the ruling body that had been jointly overseen by military and civilian leaders. In the statement the embassy calls on ``all actors who are disrupting Sudan's transition to stand down, and allow the civilian-led transitional government to continue its important work to achieve the goals of the revolution.''
That's a reference to the mass protests that helped topple longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in 2019 and installed a ruling council to steer the country toward democratic elections.
US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said earlier Monday that Washington was ``deeply alarmed'' about the events and warned that a military coup could jeopardize American aid to Sudan.
China is urging a dialogue between Sudanese factions as an apparent military coup roils the nation.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Monday that China wanted all parties in Sudan ``to resolve their differences through dialogue so as to maintain peace and stability of the country.''
He told reporters that China would continue to closely follow the turbulence in Sudan and ``take necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel there.''
China is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and major investor in Africa.
The arrests on Monday of Sudan's interim prime minister and other officials plunged Sudan's fragile path to democracy into uncertainty following the 2019 ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. During al-Bashir's harsh rule and despite allegations of his government's human rights abuses, China was Sudan's biggest trading partner and key international partner.
Islamic cooperation organization
The Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation has expressed concern over the apparent coup in Sudan amid a fragile transition to democracy.
In a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the organization said Monday that it urged Sudanese leaders to ``abide by the constitutional document and what has been agreed upon during the transition period.''
The statement comes as other nations express alarm at the arrest of Sudan's interim prime minister and other senior officials. Their whereabouts were not immediately known.
Thousands of Sudanese protesters have flooded the streets as fears of a military coup grip the country two years after mass protests ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan with an iron fist for three decades.
The 57-nation OIC is based in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.
Germany has demanded an immediate halt to the apparent military coup underway in Sudan.German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass condemned the attempted takeover in the vast east African country and called the news ``dismaying.''
``This attempted coup must end immediately,'' he said, urging ``all those who bear responsibility for security and state order in Sudan to continue the peaceful political transition process in Sudan toward democracy.''
The statement Monday was one of several from other nations expressing concern about the arrest of Sudan's interim prime minister and other senior officials. Their whereabouts were not immediately known.
Thousands of Sudanese protesters have flooded the streets as fears of a military coup grip the country two years after mass protests ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan with an iron fist for three decades. Since 2019, Sudan has been navigating a fragile transition to democracy.
South Africa said it was "deeply concerned about the apparent ongoing coup and attempts to undermine Sudan's political transition", calling for the immediate release of officials.
"We reject and condemn any attempt at an unconstitutional change of government," the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which Sudan is currently chairing, said it was "alarmed" by the events in the country, and was "following the situation very closely".
"The executive secretary strongly condemns any attempt to undermine the transitional government and urges all parties to exercise utmost restraint," the regional African bloc said in a statement from Djibouti.