AU envoy mediates Sudan crisis as protesters slam military

Members of Sudan's alliance of opposition and protest groups chant slogans outside Sudan's Central Bank during the second day of a strike, as tensions mounted with the country's military rulers over the transition to democracy, in Khartoum, Sudan May 29, 2019. (FILE/Reuters)
Updated 13 June 2019

AU envoy mediates Sudan crisis as protesters slam military

  • Leaders of the country’s protest movement accuse the ruling military of pursuing a brutal crackdown on protestors

KHARTOUM: On Wednesday, the top US diplomat for Africa joined an international effort to press Sudan’s military rulers and the opposition toward a deal on a transition to democracy following the toppling of Bashir.

An African Union (AU) envoy said mediation efforts to ease Sudan’s crisis are making “significant progress.”

Ethiopia and the US have recently stepped up diplomatic efforts to ease Sudan’s growing tensions. 

The AU envoy to Sudan, Mohammed El-Hacen Lebatt, declined to elaborate on where the mediation talks were headed, saying during a news conference in Khartoum that it was up to the two sides to disclose the outcome of the talks.

The head of Sudan’s ruling military council met with US diplomats in Khartoum and the AU envoy to Sudan on Thursday, the council said.

The ruling Transitional Military Council said Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan met with Tibor Nagy, the US assistant secretary for Africa, and veteran diplomat Donald Booth, who was appointed US envoy to Sudan on Wednesday.

Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday the military council and leaders of the protest movement had agreed to resume their talks soon, “in good-faith to iron-out the remaining outstanding points.” 

Those points include setting up a government council to run Sudan during a transition period. 

The ministry said both sides also agreed to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric and de-escalate tensions, and that the military council would undertake confidence-building measures including the release of political prisoners.

However, Tarek Abdel Meguid, a leader of The Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change (FDFC), said the direct talks with the military had yet to resume. 

Daesh mortar attack on soccer field kills 6 in Iraq

Updated 25 August 2019

Daesh mortar attack on soccer field kills 6 in Iraq

  • The attack occurred late Saturday in the village of Daquq
  • The area of the attack is controlled by the Popular Mobilization Forces

BAGHDAD: Police in Iraq say Daesh militants have fired mortar rounds at a soccer field near a Shiite shrine, killing six civilians and wounding nine others.
The attack occurred late Saturday in the village of Daquq, in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province, as people were exercising.
Police officials confirmed the attack, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
The area of the attack, southeast of the city of Kirkuk, is controlled by Iran-supported militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
Daesh, which once ruled a self-styled Islamic caliphate sprawling across Iraq and Syria, no longer controls territory in either country but has continued to stage sporadic attacks.