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Republic of Sudan Office of the Official Spokesperson and Information Management Press Release

Following the review of the statement issued by the U.S. Secretary of State yesterday regarding the crisis in Sudan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to emphasize the following:

  1. The Ministry welcomes the U.S. government’s acknowledgment that the rebel militias have committed crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, sexual violence, attacks, and kidnapping of women and girls, as well as targeting displaced persons fleeing the conflict, akin to genocide.
  2. The Ministry expresses astonishment and rejection of the accusation in the statement that the armed forces have committed war crimes, stating that such accusations have no basis in reality.
  3. The Ministry rejects generalized allegations equating the armed forces with rebel militias in responsibility for unleashing horrific violence, death, destruction, civilian detention, and killing in detention sites. These practices are exclusively carried out by the rebel militias, and accusing the armed forces lacks any evidence.
  4. The statement completely ignores acknowledging the duty and right of the armed forces, the legitimate national army, to defend the country, its people, and protect its leadership premises against a barbaric aggression by mercenary militias. The Ministry reminds of the U.S. government’s justification for ongoing barbaric aggression against an innocent population in the name of self-defense.
  5. The statement fails to mention other serious crimes committed by the militias, such as occupying hundreds of thousands of citizens’ homes in the capital, displacing at least 5 million inhabitants, converting hospitals, universities, places of worship, and other civilian properties into military barracks, violating the principles of humanity outlined in the Jeddah Declaration signed on May 11 last year, and practices resembling slavery against abducted girls.
  6. The statement also overlooks mentioning the countries that continue to supply rebel militias with weapons and mercenaries, despite their close relationships with the United States. These countries become partners and bear responsibility for the humanitarian crimes and ethnic cleansing committed by the rebel militias, despite clear testimonies, documented evidence, and calls from Congress, organizations, and experts for the U.S. government to take a clear stance against these countries.

In conclusion, the Government of Sudan renews its readiness for positive engagement with the U.S. government to clarify the realities of the situation in the country and explore means to end the crisis. Thursday, December 7, 2023.

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