US supports establishment of unified professional armed forces in Sudan
Khartoum, Aug. 3 (SUNA) – The United States of America has announced its support for the establishment of unified and professional Sudanese armed forces that bring together the Army, Rapid Support Forces and armed struggle movements’ forces under one command in Sudan.
United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Administrator Ms. Samantha Power said in a lecture she presented today at Sharjah Hall of the University of Khartoum on her experience with Sudan and the march of the Sudanese revolution that the United States sees that one of the means of stability in Sudan is the presence of a national army in which the Sudanese Armed Forces, the Rapid Support Forces and the forces of armed struggle movements are integrated to be one army under a unified command.
The American official stressed that what Sudan needs now, before aid and external support, is the stand of Sudan’s youth and all civil society organizations beside their revolution, which they brought without external support, and in a way that astonished the world and in a peaceful manner that robbed the ousted president of the ability to use violence against the revolutionaries, which was the weapon he had used to ignite wars in various parts of Sudan.
Ms. Power emphasized that whatever is said Sudan has never been more secure than it is now compared to the past thirty years.
In this regard, she referred to the disappearance of ghost houses, the expansion of freedoms, stopping the war, opening up to the world, removing the name of Sudan from the list of terrorism, and that Sudan and the United States are now in a state of quest for partnership, while for thirty years they had been in a state of hostility.
Ms. Power stressed that the United States will always stand beside Sudan as it continues march on the path of the principles of peace, freedom, justice, equality and democracy, saying that her country wants to help Sudan to utilize its many wealth and resources.
She indicated that the challenges facing Sudan are many, but the Sudanese must have more patience with the government they brought through their revolution, which took strong and severe measures, but it was a necessary condition for getting the country out to the situation it is now in, so that it can now benefit from the HIPC initiative.
Ms. Power cited the history of the Sudanese revolutions, that started with October 1964 revolution, which started from the prestigious University of Khartoum, which provided a model when it chosed Professor Fadwa Abdel-Rahman Ali Taha as vice-chancellor after 19 men who succeeded in leading the university for a hundred years.
Ms. Power pointed out in the presence of Dr. Nasr El-Din Abdel-Bari, the Minister of Justice, who attended her meeting with civil society organizations, to the crucial decisions taken by the civilian-led transitional government now, including removal of laws that determine women’s dress and the laws of public order, criminalizing female genital mutilation, and affirming equality between citizens irrespective of their religion, ethnicity or gender besides guaranteeing public and religious freedoms in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Khartoum, Professor Fadwa, had opened the lecture by welcoming the attendees, who included civil society organizations, in addition to the Minister of Justice besides the US Chargé d’Affaires in Sudan, Brian Shawkan, the Director of the US Agency for International Development in Sudan, Mervyn Farroe, and a number of popular and feminist leaderships in Sudan.
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