Joint statement on Sudan

Statement by Special Envoys and representatives from France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union on Sudan.

Special Envoys and representatives from France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union have concluded a joint visit to Khartoum in support of the people of Sudan and their demands for a resumption of a civilian-led transition to democracy. They met with a range of Sudanese actors including civilian signatories to the Framework Political Agreement, civil society, Resistance Committees, Juba Peace Agreement signatories and the military leadership.

They urged Sudanese parties to conduct inclusive dialogue based on the Framework Political Agreement, and to work to address root causes of conflict and build a stable and prosperous Sudan. We urge the parties to deepen and expand their commitment to inclusivity and bring together women, youth, and representatives from all over Sudan to participate in shaping their country’s future.

The Framework Political Agreement process remains in our view the best basis on which to form a civilian-led transitional government and establish constitutional arrangements for a transitional period that culminates in elections. It is our strong hope that the parties will make a concerted effort to finalize negotiations and reach final agreement quickly to form a civilian-led transitional government to address Sudan’s urgent political, economic, security, and humanitarian challenges. The Special Envoys and representatives strongly discouraged parallel processes.

We understand and acknowledge that the door remains open for additional groups to participate in the process. We call on all parties to put Sudan’s national interest above narrow political ends and constructively engage with one another to realize the Sudanese people's continued calls for freedom, peace, and justice.

Recognizing the fragility of democratic transitions, we stand united in promoting accountability for those – including either military, armed group or civilian actors – who attempt to undermine or delay Sudan’s transition to democracy.

Full respect for the freedoms of association, expression, and peaceful assembly is vital. We have consistently condemned violence against and unjust detention of peaceful protesters and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

We remain committed to supporting the Sudanese people’s desire to advance their country’s democratic transition under civilian leadership. Establishing a civilian-led transitional government remains the key to unlocking the resumption of international assistance, investment, and deeper cooperation between the government of Sudan and international partners.