In a statement released by the White House, President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing conflict in Sudan, calling it a tragedy and a betrayal of the Sudanese people’s demand for civilian government and a transition to democracy. The President joined peace-loving people around the world in urging for a durable ceasefire between the belligerent parties and condemned the unconscionable violence that has already claimed hundreds of civilian lives, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
The United States has been actively involved in the conflict since its earliest moments, facilitating the safe departure of thousands of people, including Americans, by land, sea, and air. The U.S. government has also been conducting negotiations to de-escalate violence and urging all parties to end the military conflict and allow unhindered humanitarian access. The U.S. is currently responding to the unfolding humanitarian crisis and is ready to support enhanced humanitarian assistance when conditions allow.
The President also issued a new Executive Order that expands U.S. authorities to respond to the violence that began on April 15 with sanctions that hold individuals responsible for threatening the peace, security, and stability of Sudan; undermining Sudan’s democratic transition; using violence against civilians; or committing serious human rights abuses. The United States stands with the people of Sudan and is committed to supporting their future of peace and opportunity.
The Sudanese people endured thirty years under an authoritarian regime but never gave up on their commitment to democracy and a better future. They successfully brought down a dictator, only to face a military takeover in October 2021 and now more violence among factions fighting for control. The United States, along with other leaders around the world, will continue to work towards a peaceful resolution and support the Sudanese people’s aspirations for democracy and stability.