Khartoum, Jan. 10 (SUNA) - The Transitional Sovereignty Council, headed by Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, welcomed in its regular meeting at the Republican Palace on Monday the initiative announced by the United Nations to facilitate the dialogue between Sudanese partners, and called for the involvement of the African Union to support the initiative and to contribute to success of the Sudanese dialogue efforts, while ensuring its Sudanization.

Meanwhile, the committee assigned by the council to consult with the political forces and assemble the initiatives, headed by the member of the Sovereign Council, Malik Aggar, submitted a comprehensive report on its efforts during the past period.

The member and spokesperson of the Sovereignty, Dr. Salma Abdul-Jabbar, said in a press statement that the Council called for the urgent formation of a caretaker government to fill the executive vacuum.

She said that in the meeting,accepted the resignation of Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, from the position of Prime Minister, and thanked him for the efforts he made for achieving national consensus during his office term.

She said that the Transitional Sovereignty Council has congratulated Christians on the Christmas.

Dr. Salma indicated that the Sovereignty Council reviewed the memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Energy and Oil regarding the opening of the Al-Galabad border crossing for the passing of the gas trucks owned by Ethiopia and approved it, adding that this approval was made for humanitarian reasons, provided that  the administrative and security regulations shall be taken into account.

Dr. Salma said that the council has formed a committee, headed by the member of the Sovereign Council Abul-Gasim Burtom and the membership of the Ministries of Finance, Energy and Oil, to review increases in electricity prices, especially for the agricultural sector.

Regarding the demonstrations, she said that the council stressed that freedom of expression and demonstration is a guaranteed right for all, calling for a commitment to peace, and that the role of the police and security services during the demonstrations is limited to guarding, protecting and ensuring the peacefulness of the processions.

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