UAE and the continued support for Sudan in the midst of its major political crisis

The UAE continues to show its concern over the Sudanese political situation, as well as its future hope for a democratic transition, while giving its full support to Sudan
Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan

PHOTO/BANDAR ALGALOUD  -   Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan

This week, the official meeting between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and the Sudanese Vice-President of the Sovereign Council, Mohammed Hamdan Daqlo, took place in the United Arab Emirates. At the same time, the United Nations is carrying out a transition support mission in Sudan to conduct political consultations with the various internal parties in the search for a way out of the political crisis. 

Sudan is not going through the best of times, with demonstrations by citizens against the latest coup d'état, as well as repression by the army. At the end of January, the vice president of Sudan's Sovereign Council warned of the nation's dire situation due to "widespread sedition and growing hate speech, racism and regionalism". For this reason, the UAE wants to show its support for the African nation by helping to strengthen the stability of the state, politically, economically and in terms of security, in order to achieve the creation of a government. 

At the meeting, the crown prince reconfirmed the UAE's commitment to continue supporting the Sovereign Council of Sudan, according to the UAE's WAM news agency. Bin Zayed al-Nahyan also told General Daqlo that "fraternal relations and ways to enhance joint cooperation between the two brotherly countries in various fields serve to promote common interests, and exchanged views on a number of issues and files of common interest".


In relation to the latest developments in Sudan, the Crown Prince was briefed, he condemned all the events and expressed the hope that "Sudan and its people will achieve stability and development", stressing the UAE's "commitment to continue to support its people to achieve peace, stability and prosperity". He also expressed his appreciation for "Sudan's solidarity and support for the UAE in the face of all threats to its sovereignty, security and stability", referring to the recent Houthi attacks. In doing so, Hamdan Daqlo "reiterated his country's condemnation of the recent Houthi terrorist attack against the UAE, which is contrary to all international laws and norms".

At all times, the Arab country, exercising its role as a strategic partner, reaffirmed support for Sudan, a nation that is experiencing serious problems in achieving the democratic transition process after the fall of former President Omar al-Bashir, by providing political and financial support with the aim of establishing a belt of stability and development in the state. Earlier, the UAE had sent medical assistance to Sudan's capital Khartoum to show its support for efforts to combat the spread of the pandemic.


Sudan has been holding a series of diplomatic meetings in recent days. Recently, a Sudanese envoy was sent to Israel, with the aim of promoting ties between the two nations, according to a close source with knowledge of the visit. This visit is a sign of the normalisation of relations between the Sudanese and Israeli governments agreed in 2020. Previously, there had already been a rapprochement between the countries, as last January, an Israeli delegation met with General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the head of his ruling council. Israel aims to de-escalate tensions in the African country, as requested by the United States. 

Despite all Sudanese efforts, the country remains mired in a major crisis and political stalemate, following last October's coup d'état by the Sudanese army in which they seized power in the nation. In contrast, Sudan is trying to recover diplomatic relations with Israel, which have barely developed in comparison to countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco. In recent days, the Arab state has once again reaffirmed its staunch support for Sudan