Statement on Sudan

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Statement by Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt on the development in Sudan.

'I strongly condemn the violence used against peaceful and unarmed protesters in Khartoum on 17 November. My heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.

Hindering access to hospitals and disrupting safety and treatment cannot be tolerated. It is also deeply troubling that internet, mobile networks were shut down, thus denying people their basic right to freedom of expression. These acts are not conducive to meaningful dialogue – they erode confidence when confidence building measures are most needed. We call on the authorities to respect and fulfill their responsibility for protecting civilians and ensuring the safety of peaceful protesters.

Political detainees must be set free, without further delays. We call again for the immediate restoration of the transitional government under the leadership of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok.

We know from experience that dialogue is the only way out of the crisis the Sudan is facing today.   We will continue to work with all sides to find a political solution that meets the aspirations of the people. 

The 2019 revolution established the principles freedom, peace and justice; there is no other way forward.'