U.S. Ambassador to the United States
The new United States ambassador to the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, and Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee will visit Sudan and Ethiopia next week amid ongoing tensions between the two African countries.
US officials have returned to Saudi Arabia.
Satterfield and Phee will travel to Khartoum, where they will meet Sudanese democracy activists, women’s and youth groups, government agencies, and the military and politics, a State Department report said Friday.
The two have met with Friends of Sudan, a group seeking the reinstatement of a transitional government seizure of government in October.
The conference is planning to “support the international community” at the United Nations to “support democratically led democratic change” in Sudan, according to the statement.
A large number of people have been marching regularly on the streets of Sudan demanding their return to normal rule since the October 25 coup ended the power-sharing process that began in 2019.
“Their message will be clear: The United States is committed to freedom, peace and justice for the people of Sudan,” he said.
In Ethiopia, the two have approached Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a decision on the matter escalating the civil war.
“He urged government officials to take advantage of the current opportunity to end air strikes and other acts of violence,” the statement said.
He will also call for the enactment of a ceasefire, the release of political prisoners and the restoration of humanitarian aid.
Satterfield, a former US ambassador to Turkey, was elected to replace Jeffrey Feltman as special envoy on January 6.
The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, which last year threatened to march on Addis Ababa, by December had returned to its stronghold, and the government had not tracked down the militants.
Feltman resigned during a visit to Ethiopia to encourage peace talks to end a year-long conflict following the ousting of Tigrayan militants.
Feltman also tried to address the situation in Sudan, but was insulted in October when the Sudanese military commander, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, seized the ambassador shortly after his departure from the United States.
Feltman’s resignation comes days after Sudan’s prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, resigned, leaving Burhan as the undisputed leader in the country despite Western demands to secure the democratic reforms instituted in 2019.