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US, Saudi Arabia broker talks to break Sudan's coup deadlock

Thanks to US and Saudi mediation, Sudan's coup leaders held talks for the first time with the government they deposed last year.
Head of the Sudan Liberation Movement and governor of Darfur Mini Minawi (L).

For the first time since last October’s military coup, and following mediation by the United States and Saudi Arabia, the coalition of civilian forces that co-governed Sudan during its fragile democratic transition met on June 9 with the generals who deposed them and seized power in the country.

The informal talks, which took place in parallel to a now-suspended UN- and African Union-driven political process that failed to gain momentum, was meant to exchange views on how to solve the current political crisis in the country. But the move has been strongly rejected by Sudan’s main pro-democracy civilian groups.

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