UAE, Bahrain call for calm, restraint in Sudan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Gulf Arab sheikhdoms of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have called for calm and restraint in Sudan following the army’s coup.

The UAE, which along with regional allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt had cultivated close ties to Sudan’s top generals, emphasized the importance of securing “stability as soon as possible, in a manner that achieves the interest and aspirations of the Sudanese people.”

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry said it had “confidence” in Sudan’s political establishment to “overcome this crisis through dialogue and understanding.”

Their muted statements come as Western countries and the United Nations have strongly condemned the army’s takeover of Sudan. Security forces arrested several top officials including the interim prime minister and protesters flooded the streets of the capital. The developments threaten to undermine Sudan’s fragile democratic transition since the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir over two years ago.