The US State Department announced on Friday that the US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, will visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia next week, amid ongoing crises in the two African countries.
A State Department statement said that Satterfield and Molly V, Assistant Secretary of State, will travel to Riyadh, Khartoum and Addis Ababa from January 17-20.
In Riyadh, they will meet the “Friends of Sudan,” a group calling for the restoration of the country’s transitional government after the military coup in October, according to the statement. The meeting aims to “mobilize international support” for the United Nations mission to “facilitate a renewed civilian-led transition to democracy” in Sudan. .
Satterfield will then travel to Khartoum, where they will meet with pro-democracy activists, women’s and youth groups, civic organizations, and military and political figures.
The statement indicated that “their message will be clear: The United States is committed to freedom, peace, and justice for the Sudanese people.”
In Ethiopia, the two US officials will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to search for a solution to the escalating civil war, where they will “encourage (Ethiopian) government officials to seize the current opportunity for peace by ending air strikes and other hostilities,” as they will demand a ceasefire and the release of Political prisoners and the resumption of humanitarian access.
Satterfield, the former US ambassador to Turkey, was appointed as special envoy to the Horn of Africa on January 6, replacing Jeffrey Feltman in the position.