Egypt's Sisi calls for int'l support for peaceful transition in Sudan
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday called on the international community to support Sudan's economic and political transition, official news agency MENA reported.

Egypt is hosting an emergency summit with African leaders on the Sudan crisis, following the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.

Heading the summit as the current chair of the African Union (AU), Sisi said "the international community should help create the right atmosphere for peaceful democratic transition aspired by the Sudanese people."

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan, April 5, 2019. /Reuters Photo

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan, April 5, 2019. /Reuters Photo

It also has an important role to play "to alleviate the economic crisis which constitutes real obstacles for achieving stability for the people," he said.

He stressed Egypt's full support for the choices and the free will of the Sudanese people in creating their future.

Several African presidents, including the leaders of Chad, Djibouti, Somalia and South Africa, as well as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki, attended the summit.

The president reiterated that the summit aimed at discussing means of cooperating with Sudan for it to go through the transitional period steadily without slipping into chaotic conditions.

Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the Defense Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 15, 2019. /Reuters photo

Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the Defense Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 15, 2019. /Reuters photo

"The solution will be made by the Sudanese via comprehensive dialogue among different political forces until reaching a consensus agreement that meets the people's demands," the report added.

On April 15, the AU threatened to suspend Sudan if the military does not hand over power within 15 days of that date to a civilian authority.

Sudan's Transitional Military Council has run the country since April 11, the date of the toppling of al-Bashir, after four months of protests against him.

(Top image: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addresses the opening of the African Union summit in Ethiopia on February 10, 2019. /Reuters Photo)

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency