Hirut Holds Talks with U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hirut Zemene, has held talks with U.S. Special Envoy for the Sudan over the current situation in Khartoum.

Hirut met with the U.S. envoy, ambassador Donald Booth, at her office on Thursday and briefed him of the latest peace deal signed between Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition coalition.

Ethiopia, along with the African Union, led the diplomatic mediation process, which led to the signing of a power-sharing deal last week.

The two sides agreed on a joint sovereign council that will rule Sudan for a little over three years while elections are being organized. A general will head the ruling body during the first 21 months of the transition, followed by a civilian for the remaining 18 months, according to the framework agreement.

State Minister Hirut reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to continue, together with other stakeholders, to support the process of setting up a civil-led government in the Sudan, according to a statement her office issued.

U.S. Special envoy Booth also commended the latest peace deal and declared United States’ unwavering support to the Ethiopia/AU-led process.

Still long Road Ahead

On Tuesday, Ambassador  Booth said much work is needed to speed up the political process in Khartoum.

“The agreement that was reached on July 17th is only the first step in forming the transitional government, and we certainly need to see the Sudanese reach agreement on the further step of the Constitutional Declaration,” Booth told reporters during a telephone briefing from Brussels.

The US Envoy also urged the representatives of the protest and the military to resolve their outstanding issues so that the country could begin the process of democracy.

“The sooner that Sudan can establish a civilian-led transitional government, it can being then to address issues of reform and moving forward to a better future,” he said.