Sudan's Prime Minister Hamdok 'Optimistic' After U.S. Meetings

United States — Prime Minister Hamdok has expressed optimism about overcoming the difficulties faced by Sudan after a series of successful meetings during his visit to the USA.

On Thursday evening during a public forum organised by the Atlantic Council in Washington Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said that currently, the possibility of achieving peace in Sudan is more evident than ever before.

The PM highlighted that signing a peace agreement with armed movements is just a matter of time because the transitional government prioritise the issue of comprehensive peace in the country. He also acknowledged the role of these armed movements played in the revolution.

Hamdok admitted that the peace process faces a quite number of challenges the number of the armed groups and multiple tracks of negotiation as well as the influence of the regional and international interventions in Sudan.

Transitional justice

Hamdok pledged to achieve transitional justice in the country. "We will not be satisfied unless justice is achieved to the satisfaction of the victims", he said.

Hamdok further denied the dominance of the military council over the peace talks in Juba the capital of South Sudan. He explained that both the civilians and the military in the new administration work in harmony in addressing the issues of peace, development, and economy crisis as well as legal reform and security arrangements.

State sponsors terrorism list

Hamdok asserted that the discourse with the United States on this issue have made remarkable progress. He expressed his optimism about the outcome of these meetings. Removing Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism is a decisive factor in the economic advancement and the flow of investments, he said.

Hamdok said that the reform of state security institutions is one of the main challenges facing the government. But he pledged to create a national army that can represent all Sudanese people with different values, traditions, and cultures.

Yemen conflict

Hamdok expressed his commitment to withdraw the Sudanese troops from Yemen. He explained that the number of soldiers has decreased to 25,000. "We have inherited the problem from the former regime, and this conflict can only be resolved through political means, but not a military one," he said.

He explained that the transitional government came about as a historical political compromise that averted bloodshed in the country. He pointed out that the partnership with the military component would continue. However, he warned that the failure of the transitional period would lead Sudan to a be failed state.

Economic crisis

The economic situation in the country constitutes one of the primary challenges for the transitional period, he admitted. He called upon partners and friends of Sudan to provide assistance and aid in the fields of development, foreign investment, and capacity-building.

He expressed his optimism in overcoming the economic crisis with the contribution of the Sudanese people and Sudan's partners and the continuation of the government's efforts in its fight corruption in the country.

Legal reform

Hamdok explained that the annulment of the infamous Public Order Law was not a difficult task. However, the decision of dismantling the former regime took quite sometimes and it was not easy.

He explained that dismantling the deep state does not merely mean the confiscation of the properties and fund rather it means to bring back the Sudanese people's rights and looted resources.

To dismantle the deep state there are two dimensions; internal and external elements, he said. Hamdok stated that the Sudanese legal system is competent to bring back the looted resources. However, the external aspect requires supports and help from international partners. He explained that the former regime could not dispose of a lot of money and resources because of the worldwide fight against terrorism.

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