US 'encouraged' by Sudan deal, cautions against excessive force on protesters: Blinken

AFP , Monday 22 Nov 2021

The United States is "encouraged" by a breakthrough deal in Sudan to reverse the country's military takeover, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday, but he cautioned authorities against using excessive force to quell protests.

Antony Blinken
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. AP

"I am encouraged by reports that talks in Khartoum will lead to the release of all political prisoners, reinstatement of Prime Minister Hamdok, lifting of the state of emergency, and resumption of coordination," Blinken wrote on Twitter.

"I also reiterate our call for security forces to refrain from excessive force against peaceful protesters," he said.

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