Sudan’s junta says the Sudanese troops taking part in the Saudi-led war on Yemen will continue fighting on behalf of Saudi Arabia despite a coup that has partially changed the power structure in the African country.
“We will stick to our commitment with the Arab alliance and our troops will remain until the alliance achieves its goals,” Mohammad Hamdan Daglo, the number two in a military council that has overtaken power in Sudan since the ouster of its long-time president Omar al-Bashir, said in a statement to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) on Monday.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 with the goals of bringing the government of a former Yemeni president back to power and driving out the Houthi Ansarullah movement, a popular group that took over state affairs after the president resigned and fled the country. While it had aimed to achieve its goals in a matter of weeks, the Saudi-led coalition continues to be bogged down more than four years into the war.
The war has killed tens of thousands of people in Yemen and pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine.
Sudan, a Saudi vassal state, has been a member of the coalition. The military ouster of Bashir last week raised speculation that Sudan may stop contributing to the deadly war. Bashir himself had faced calls to withdraw from the coalition over mounting Sudanese casualties.
The Monday statement about a policy continuation came shortly after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the main two aggressor regimes in the war on Yemen — expressed support for Sudan’s junta, the so-called Transitional Military Council (TMC). Riyadh has also pledged a “humanitarian aid package” to Sudan. Bashir was ousted by the Sudanese military after five months of protests over his policies. But the Sudanese protest have not yet stopped.