The American envoy to Sudan was there on Saturday as protests gained traction.

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The American envoy to Sudan was there on Saturday as protests gained traction.

Jeffrey Feltman, the U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa,  met with Sudan's foreign minister, Maryam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, in Khartoum, Sudan, in May.
Jeffrey Feltman, the U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, met with Sudan’s foreign minister, Maryam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, in Khartoum, Sudan, in May.Credit…Marwan Ali/Associated Press
  • Oct. 25, 2021, 3:22 a.m. ET

The U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa was in Sudan as recently as Saturday, urging the military and the civilian leadership to continue the country’s planned transition to democracy as protests broke out.

Jeffrey Feltman, the U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, met in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Saturday. They were joined by other leaders, including Lt.-Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads the military and the sovereignty council, and Gen. Mohammed Hamadan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, another senior military member of the council.

Mr. Feltman “emphasized U.S. support for a civilian democratic transition in accordance with the expressed wishes of Sudan’s people,” the American Embassy in Khartoum said on Twitter. He called on all parties to stick by the constitutional declaration that the military and opposition signed after Mr. al-Bashir’s ouster and a peace agreement reached last year by the government and rebel groups.

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