Sudan's Burhan gestures towards steps to ease tensions

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan

© APA | Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief General

# 16 April 2022 00:49 (UTC +04:00)

Sudan's military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan gestured in comments on Friday towards steps to ease tensions in the country six months after a military coup, APA reports quoting Reuters.

"We are embarking on a difficult period and we must all present concessions for the sake of our country," he said, noting the deteriorating economic and security situation in the country in comments at a Ramadan gathering.

"We are prepared to put forward what we can to create the atmosphere for a dialogue that leads to solutions," he added.

He, along with other military leaders, staged a coup on October 25, ending a two-year power-sharing arrangement with a civilian political coalition following the ouster of Omar al-Bashir.

Since then, at least 94 people have been killed in security crackdowns on protests and dozens have been arrested.

Burhan said that while there were no "political detainees," he met with the public prosecutor and the head of the judiciary to discuss expediting the release of detainees, among whom are key civilian political leaders.

He also said they discussed the possibility of reducing the current the state of emergency.

Such steps have been often requested by the international community as trust-building measures.

Burhan said these steps came in the context of concessions made by some political groups towards coming to an agreement.