U.S. Says Too Soon to Say How Coup Attempt May Impact Israel-Sudan Normalization

Washington announces it is pausing $700 million in aid after the military takeover, saying aid was intended to support Sudan's 'democratic transition'

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Sudanese protesters lift national flags as they rally in the capital to denounce overnight detentions by the army of government members on Monday.
Sudanese protesters lift national flags as they rally in the capital to denounce overnight detentions by the army of government members on Monday.Credit: AFP
Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels

WASHINGTON – The United States on Monday said that Israel-Sudan normalization may have to be re-evaluated following Sunday's overnight coup attempt.

"The many partners now we've spoken with have expressed a similar degree of alarm, concern and condemnation of what we've seen take place in Khartoum in recent hours," State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.

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"Similar to the approach to the [Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam], I think the normalization effort between Israel and Sudan is something that will have to be evaluated as we and as Israel watches very closely. What happens in the coming hours in the coming days, I wouldn't want to weigh into that just yet," he added.

Price's comments came after he announced the U.S. is pausing $700 million in aid after the military takeover. "Those funds were intended to support the country's democratic transition as we evaluate the next steps for Sudan programming," he said, condemning Sudanese military forces' actions.

"The arrest of civilian government officials and other political leaders, including Prime Minister Hamdok undermines the country's transition to democratic civilian rule," Price added, calling on the civilian-led transitional government to be immediately restored.

"We recognize the legitimate grievances about the pace of the transition, but the dismissal of government officials and dissolution of government institutions both violate Sudan's constitutional declaration and abandon the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people," Price continued.

"Military officials should immediately release and ensure the safety of all detained political actors, fully restore the civilian-led transitional government, and refrain from any violence against protesters – including the use of live ammunition."

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