Somalia shows full solidarity with Sudan following attempted coup
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The federal republic of Somalia has strongly condemned the recent attempts to ouster the current administration in Sudan, terming it "a cowardly act" that should never be tolerated in progressive democracies across the world.
Foreign Affairs Minister Abdirizak Mohamed said he held talks with his Sudanese counterpart Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi on Monday where they discussed a host of issues, key among them boosting bilateral relations between the two nations.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Mogadishu strongly condemns the coup attempt and hailed intelligence teams for timely reports which helped security forces to thwart the attempts to topple the government.
"Foreign Affairs Minister Abdirizak Mohamed held talks with his Sudanese counterpart Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi. The minister condemned recent coup attempts besides having bilateral talks. Somalia pledges to stand with Sudan," read the statement.
Somalia also expressed solidarity with Khartoum for the steps taken to confront threats against its security and stability, adding that a secure Sudan means progress within the Horn of Africa, which has struggled with security threats in recent months.
Sudan had said that the coup was engineered by disgruntled elements with "direct links" with the former administration of President Omar al-Bashir who was toppled in April 2019 following a popular uprising in the northern Africa nation.
About 40 individuals were arrested as Sudan pledged to crush them, but no formal charges have been pressed against the coup plotters. Authorities said both members of the civilian and armed forces took part in the coup.
Currently, Sudan is being led by both civilian and military rulers after an agreement that was signed shortly after al-Bashir's ouster. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was trusted with responsibilities to lead the transition in the country.