U.S. special envoy will visit Sudan next week following coup attempt

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The U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, will visit Sudan next week to affirm support for the country's government after Sudanese authorities said they suppressed a coup attempt, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Sudanese authorities said they thwarted an attempted coup on Tuesday, accusing plotters loyal to the ousted President Omar al-Bashir of attempting to derail the movement that removed him from power and "ushered in a transition to democracy," Reuters writes.

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  • In a phone call with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan "expressed the Biden administration’s commitment to support the civilian-led transition to democracy in Sudan and oppose any attempts to derail or disrupt the will of the Sudanese people," per a White House statement.

  • The State Department condemned the coup and reiterated support for the transitional government.

What they're saying: Sullivan on Friday also "underscored that any attempt by military actors to undermine the spirit and agreed benchmarks of Sudan’s constitutional declaration would have significant consequences for the U.S.-Sudan bilateral relationship and planned assistance," per the statement.

Go deeper: Foiled coup underscores deep divide in Sudan's government

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