The head of Sudan’s military council has concluded a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ahead of a general strike called by Sudan’s protest movement demanding the council hand over power to civilians.
According to Sudanese news reports, Burhan briefed Crown Prince Mohammed on the latest developments in Sudan, including efforts of the council and political forces to reach solutions to the country’s political crisis.
Crown Prince Mohammed tweeted that he “affirmed the UAE’s support in preserving Sudan’s security and stability”.
Sudanese opposition and protest groups have warned against meddling in Sudanese politics and seek guarantees that civilians will lead the transition after the removal of President Omar al-Bashir in early April.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Sudan’s military council, Shams al-Din Kabashi, said that negotiations with the main opposition group, Declaration Of Freedom & Change Forces, is taking a drop.
Kabashi stressed that the council was working on securing the basic needs of citizens throughout Sudan.
The Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change (FDFC), an umbrella group representing protesters and opposition parties, said it would consult with supporters to discuss possible solutions after negotiations with the military council stalled.
The main point of contention was with regard to the formation of the sovereign council, which is supposed to run the country during the transitional period.
The protesters want a limited military representation and a civilian president of the sovereign council, which the military council rejects.