The Latest on political turmoil in Sudan (all times local):
The European Union and the United States are voicing “grave concern” over the political upheaval in Sudan and said they continue to support the country’s commitment to democracy.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the EU supports all measures undertaken by the National Consensus Forces that are meant to improve the political situation in Sudan. Mogherini said the African Union is deeply concerned over the “disturbances” in the North African country.
The United States continues to encourage Sudanese government institutions to take actions to prevent any further destabilization, Mogherini said in a statement.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed his concern over the civil unrest in Sudan and said the U.S. backs efforts to support the rule of law and defend the people’s rights.
Tillerson is visiting the capital of neighbouring Uganda where he is trying to encourage support for reforms in an East African country often considered a model of development in the region.
— AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting in Uganda with African Union officials amid a power struggle and unrest in neighboring Sudan.
Tillerson’s two-day trip comes as Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, deploys troops to his southern stronghold to thwart a power struggle. He’s also facing a diplomatic freeze from the United States and the European Union over human rights concerns in the impoverished and strategically located country.
The former Exxon Mobil chief executive arrived in Uganda on Thursday for talks with President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled for three decades and is expected to seek re-election this year in a poll that the opposition has said will be a sham.