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Hemetti’s Trip to Russia and Some Other Questions

Mekki ELMOGRABI

  1. Hemetti’s trip to Russia:

I accept the criticism of the Sudanese people against General Mohammad Hamdan Dagalo “Hemetti”, the vice-chairman of the Sudanese Transitional Council, but not from the European and American elites, especially the Democrats and the Liberals. What exactly do American or Western politicians want from Hemedtti? Congressional lawmakers and interest groups never miss an opportunity to tell Hemetti we don’t want you.

As far as the EU is concerned, they still see the RSF as a strong partner in the fight against illegal immigration, but they are not opposed to the contradictory position of the United States.

Indeed, both the United States and the European Union hope to fill the gap that has emerged between the West’s image on human rights issues and miserable reality by claiming a role in confronting the military component of Sudan’s interim government.

They want to support Sudan’s transition while imposing sanctions on its leaders. Read my previous article on “The US Cannot Burn the Candle at Both Ends”.

If the US always reminds the leaders of the military component in Sudan that the Administration wants to sanction them, why surprised with their relations with Russia. The US wants to take all the blame from the political parties that ruled Sudan for two years and to put it on the military side. If this is the situation, why do they ask them not to stay with them and not Russia?

The war in Ukraine confirms again that USA foreign policy is full of contradictions and not realistic or pragmatic at all. What was the role of the US administration in supporting Hamadok’s government? In the first days after the change most of the Sudanese people, especially from the new generation expected that Washington will lift all sanctions from Sudan to make the civilian component more efficient. 

Nothing happened in reality, just empty promises but no direct and easy bank transactions between Sudanese and Western banks. The new generation is still banned from purchasing an online license for Microsoft Windows from Sudan and the West criticizes Hemetti for visiting Russia.

2. Can China become a reliable friend and ally of African countries?

To answer this question, we can only look at China’s position on the Ukraine crisis. Does China support its biggest ally Russia? What was expected and what happened? Read this article by Joseph Torigian, “China’s balancing act on the Russian invasion of Ukraine explained” and then answer the question. Torigian gave a brief overview of how China is handling the situation. In my opinion, African countries will receive less and less support from China in international conflicts. China sees Africa as a land of natural resources where it can implement its “debt policy” and maintains relations with the US and Europe without real political support from African governments.

Read this paragraph from Torigian’s article: “Beijing’s balancing act – seen in its decision to abstain from a United Nations Security Council vote condemning the invasion – will grow harder to maintain the longer the fighting continues, especially as the Russian army resorts to even more brutal methods and the Russian economy continues to deteriorate.”

3. Can the joint UN-AU mechanism achieve a political solution in Sudan?

If the settlement is between the military component and the upper leadership of Sudanese parties – some of them and not all – then the answer is (YES). Whether the deal includes a wider range of political parties and activists from the right, center, and left, the answer is (NO). Will the expected deal represent the new generation and the activists who emerged in the Sudanese political arena after the revolution? The answer is (a big NO). Will the deal bring back some former regime professionals who have more experience in the Sudanese government and who may contribute positively to the transition? This is another (a big NO).

If the Sudanese people had to choose between two sides; either the new activists or old actors that could help stop the country from deteriorating, what do you think they would choose? The answer will come soon.

It will be a practical answer to put an end to this dilemma.

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