The Sudanese government on Wednesday expressed rejection of a statement by the so-called Troika countries (Britain, Norway and the United States) and Canada over the recent protests in Sudan.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its rejection and condemnation of the biased statement, which contradicts the objective facts, issued on Tuesday by the embassies of the Troika and Canada, on the recent protests in some areas of the country and the concerned authorities’ response to them,” said Sudan’s foreign ministry in a statement. The Sudanese government has reiterated full commitment to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as stipulated in the constitution, but it does not include violent and illegal activities that aim to achieve illegitimate purposes and threat public stability and security, it added.
The ministry further reiterated government’s keenness on protecting the Sudanese citizens based on its legal, political and ethical responsibilities.
The ministry also rejected the implicit threat in the Troika statement, stressing independence of the Sudanese decision, protection of the country’s sovereignty and rejection of intervention in its affairs.
On Tuesday, the Troika and Canada issued a statement, expressing deep concern about the Sudanese government’s response to the recent protests in Sudan, and the detention without charge or trial of a number of political activists and protesters. Since Dec. 19, various areas in Sudan, including Khartoum, have been witnessing popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities. According to government statistics, 19 people have been killed during the protests.