The United State has dispatched Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy to four African countries including Sudan where over 100 pro-democracy demonstrators were killed last week.
Mr. Nagy, according to a statement released by the Department of States on Monday night, is going to arrive in Khartoum on Wednesday and proceed to Ethiopia. Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Ahmed Abiy is arbitrating negotiations between the Transitional Military Council and the joint opposition coalition.
“The Assistant Secretary for African Affairs will travel to Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Africa from June 12-23, 2019,” said part of the statement.
The diplomat is expected to hold talks with the military leadership under Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan and opposition members of Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC)
“In Sudan, he will meet with members of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Transitional Military Council,” added the statement.
Nagy is also expected to prevail on the military council to stop using force against the protesters and urge parties to resume dialogue.
“He will call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties to work toward creating an enabling environment between the FFC and TMC for talks to resume,” stressed the statement.
Meanwhile in Ethiopia, he will meet with African Union representatives and Ethiopian government officials to discuss the situation in Sudan and efforts to support a political solution.
While in southern Africa, Assistant Secretary Nagy will meet with senior government officials, business representatives, members of civil society, and Africa’s dynamic youth.
Nagy is also prepared advance US efforts to promote trade and investment opportunities and strengthen security cooperation with the government of South Africa, which is a member of rival BRICKS block of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
In Mozambique, the Assistant Secretary will participate in the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Maputo.