Iran urges Sudan military to cede power to civilians

TEHRAN Iran's Foreign Ministry Tuesday urged Sudan to address the people's demand in the country and speed up the transition of power to civilians.

The ministry's spokesman Abbas Mousavi expressed concerns over the escalation of conflicts in Sudan and warned on the country's turning into a battle field of foreign powers.

It is necessary that all local parties of the conflict avoid accusations and hate speech and sowing distrust against each other, he said urging them to resort to political, democratic and negotiation procedures to find a way out of the crisis.

He also warned on foreign powers' intervention that might prolong and complicate the crisis, as well as the groups that try to promote violence, extremism and terrorism.

He expressed hope that on the eve of the great Muslims festivity, Eid al-Fitr, all Sudanese parties stop clashes and take steps toward restoration of stability and security in their country.

Sudan's defense minister announced a three-month state of emergency in the country after the fall of Omar al-Bashir's government in April. He also said that a military council would observe the transition in the next two years.

The process, however, has been hindered despite the pledge of the military council, which prompted objection from the people.

Military forces on Monday suppressed a sit-in protest of civilians in Khartoum that resulted in the death of 30 people, according to the witnesses.


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