EU, US voice 'grave' concern over Sudan upheaval

AP , Monday 25 Oct 2021

The European Union has joined the United States in expressing grave concern about a possible military takeover underway in Sudan.

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File Photo: traffic moves on a street in Sudan s capital Khartoum. Military forces detained at least five senior Sudanese government figures on Monday. AP

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell tweeted on Monday that he's following events in the northeast African nation with the ``utmost concern,'' after reports emerged that Sudanese military forces had detained several senior government officials, including the interim prime minister.

``The EU calls on all stakeholders and regional partners to put back on track the transition process,'' Borrell wrote, referring to Sudan's fragile transition from autocracy to democracy after the ouster of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Earlier, US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said Washington was ``deeply alarmed'' and indicated that a military coup would threaten American aid to the impoverished country.

``As we have said repeatedly, any changes to the transitional government by force puts at risk US assistance,'' the US Bureau of African Affairs wrote on Twitter.

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