The Outcomes of Al-Burhan’s Visit to New York

Al-Sammani Awadallah

The local stances on the participation of the President of the Sovereignty Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan to New York and his addressing the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly were varied.

One of the most controversial local stances is the speech delivered by Al-Burhan which included several Sudanese issues.

In this regard, Al-Burhan said that they supported the tripartite committee i.e. UN, AU, and IGAD but it took the tripartite a long time in its attempts to achieve a breakthrough or reach any kind of national accord.

Al-Burhan’s speech answered several questions that the international community was waiting for especially those related to the democratic transformation and elections. His message was that the government is working hard to reach the elections station towards a civilian rule that represents the people besides the commitment to form a non-partisan transitional government.

The most important is that Al-Burhan participated as Sudan’s representative and not IGAD as alleged by some hostile parties. as he was introduced to address the UN General Assembly as the President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council and not the current chair of IGAD a matter that refuted the allegations of those who attempted to belittle the importance of the visit.

Al-Burhan held several meetings with his counterparts besides his meeting with the UNSG as the latter affirmed the UN support to Sudan in its democratic transformation process and the formation of a civilian government besides his lauding the stance of the military component regarding its withdrawal from the political scene as soon an agreement was reached among the political parties to form a civilian government.

According to observers the speech delivered by Al-Burhan was balanced and flexible through which he managed to enlighten the international community about the developments in Sudan a matter that might lead to good omens including lifting the restrictions imposed on Sudan which led to the deterioration of its economy and has its negative impact on the Sudanese people in general.

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