JERSEY CITY, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement in reaction to ongoing violence in Sudan:
“I condemn ongoing hostilities in Sudan between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and call for an immediate halt to this violence. I also call on parties to follow through on their 2022 agreement to provide for a transition to civilian rule. These clashes not only threaten the lives and welfare of civilians in cities across Sudan, but also dangerously undermine the country’s progress in transitioning to a civilian-led democracy.
“As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I again press the Administration to impose targeted sanctions on all those who subvert the transitional process or are implicated in human rights abuses and government malfeasance, including senior members of the Sudanese junta. The United States must lead by example, and I encourage international partners to join us in affirming our dedication to the cause of freedom and advancing democratic values worldwide.”