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Senior US official welcomes pressure on UAE over alleged Sudan arms transfers

US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee addressed questions from Congress on the issue and the Biden administration’s response to the ongoing conflict in Sudan.
TOPSHOT - A man stands by as a fire rages in a livestock market area in al-Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state, on September 1, 2023, in the aftermath of bombardment by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The conflict between Sudan's army under General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the RSF commanded by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo spread in late August 2023 to North Darfur state, with at least 27 localities burned down by the RSF and allied Arab militias, according to the Humanitarian Research L

A top State Department official said on Tuesday that pressure from Congress on the United Arab Emirates over its alleged support to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan is “helpful.”

“I think the publicity of this hearing and your statement and request to the UAE to consider the detrimental impact of their support to the RSF would be helpful,” US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee told a House hearing.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee for Africa held a hearing on US policy options in the Sahel region that spans across the continent below the Sahara desert. Much of the hearing focused on the ongoing conflict in Sudan. In April, fighting broke out between the Sudanese armed forces and the RSF.

The Wall Street Journal reported in August that the UAE is sending weapons to the RSF and its leader in an effort to protect its interests in the country, including access to agricultural products and its stake in a planned Red Sea port in the country. The UAE denied sending weapons to the group.

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