The United Arab Emirates’ announcement to support of the transitional military council in the country was met with widespread rejection amid warnings of Abu Dhabi’s disruptive interventions.
Reports indicate that the head of the military junta, General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, has coordinated the dispatch of Sudanese soldiers to Yemen as part of a Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis since March 2015.
Most of the ground forces in the war in Yemen are also followed by Vice-President of the Council, General Mohammad Hamdan Hamidati, commander of the rapid support forces.
Hamidati has taken positions that observers have seen as supportive of protests since February when he said his forces had nothing to do with the crackdowns.
The man appeared after the sit-in April 9, urging his troops not to remove the protesters. His forces then appeared near the army command to take more supportive positions, refusing to take part in the first military council and accepting the entry of the current council.
The UAE was one of the first countries to adopt supportive positions for Sudan under the new military junta, which announced its support for the transitional military junta in Sudan.
Sudan is suffering from economic difficulties that have led to the scarcity of money, fuel and transportation, as well as the scarcity and cost of bread that ignited the revolution on 19 December.
For more than 100 days, these crises have been without solutions from the government of former President Omar al-Bashir.
But activists and advocates of the protests do not hide their fears of the UAE support and see that it keeps Sudan within the game of the Gulf axis.
“The (Arab) and international intervention in the affairs of Sudan has started and we will not leave the conspirators to complete their agendas and projects against the stability of Sudan,” said Khalid al-Aisar, a London-based Sudanese journalist.
“The revolution is a revolution of the people who will not accept interference and impose agendas according to the theory of polarization and interest. The interest remains if we replace a local colonist with another outside”?
“The problem is that the antagonism of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed and (Saudi Crown Prince) Mohammed bin Salman, which will lead to more economic crises,” said Haj Othman, a former government supporter on Facebook. The current situation, bearing in mind that the slogan “Fall Down” will lead the country to security collapse.
The spokesman for the Declaration of the Forces of Freedom and Change, Shehab Ibrahim, said that UAE support is understood within the framework of the state’s alliance with the former regime and its interests related to the presence of Sudanese forces in Yemen.
The spokesman for the coalition, which includes the gathering of professionals, said that the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change are now working hard to block the continuation of the military council through the formation of a transitional council with the majority of civilians.
On the incentives of the Troika “the United States, Britain and Norway” to Sudan in the event of a peaceful transition of power, Shihab Ibrahim said that there is an opportunity to normalize relations with the international community, if the democratic alternative to the former regime.
The Troika states in a statement last week that if the Sudanese authorities take steps towards the peaceful transfer of power, they will support this political process in time to help resolve some of the long-term economic challenges facing Sudan.