US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Sudan's Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, and called on the country's military forces to release the rest of the detained leaders.
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, had a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdullah Hamdok, thus becoming the first international representative to speak with the president after his release in the context of the coup in Sudan on Monday.
"I'm glad I spoke to Hamdok after his release about the Sudanese people's struggle for democracy and the need to return to civilian leadership, "Blinken said in a message posted on his social networks.
For its part, the State Department issued a statement in which it conveyed the "satisfaction" with which the secretary received the news of Hamdok's return to his home and reiterated his call to the country's military forces to release the rest of the civil leaders arrested.
Blinken expressed "deep concern" about the coup on Monday in Sudan while calling on the military to use "restraint and avoid violence when responding to protesters."
The Secretary of State highlighted the "United States support for the democratic transition led by civilians" in the African country, as well as the return to the principles of Sudan's transition framework, as established in the Constitutional Document of 2019 and with the Yuba Peace Agreement of 2020.
Joint military forces arrested Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, most of the cabinet members and civilians of the Council of Sovereignty. This body oversees the post-dictatorship transition on Monday after refusing to support a "coup," he said. the Ministry of Information, in what one organization denounced as a "coup."
"After having refused to support the coup, the armed forces detained Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and took him to an unidentified location," the ministry added in a statement.
This Tuesday, Hamdok was taken to his house and is under "close surveillance" on the second day of the military coup, rejected in the streets by protesters who were shot with tear gas.
The army, led by General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, had declared dissolved on Monday the transitional government bodies to lead the country to free elections in 2023.
The prime minister and his wife were arrested on Monday. Still, under international pressure and condemnation, they were returned home Tuesday night under "close surveillance," the civil leader's office said.
In its statement, the office recalls that "several ministers and political leaders continue to be arrested in unknown places. "