The African Union (AU) Commission on Friday urged the international community to provide “immediate and concrete” support to Sudan as Khartoum embarks on socioeconomic transition to tackle economic challenges.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the 55-member pan-African bloc, stressed the “need for all stakeholders, including international partners, to provide their immediate and concrete support at this critical juncture of the transition in light of the serious economic situation facing the country.” Faki concluded a two-day working visit to Khartoum, capital of Sudan, on Friday. He called for efforts “to maintain the momentum and rapidly consolidate the gains made since the beginning of the transition, while starting to prepare for the holding of free, fair, and transparent election to complete the democratic transformation of the country.”
The AU Commission chief also stressed the need for sustained efforts to advance peace in Sudan, promote reconciliation among all its stakeholders, and ensure stability, as key to creating conditions conducive to the fulfillment of the aspirations of all the Sudanese people. The AU stands ready to support negotiations between the armed movements and the transitional government, currently underway in Juba under the auspices of the government of South Sudan, Faki said in a statement. He reiterated “the steadfast and continued commitment of the African Union to accompany the Sudanese people in their pursuit towards a democratic Sudan.”