The US on Saturday welcomed an agreement forged by Sudan's ruling military council and the civilian opposition group to share power during a transition period until elections, saying it is an important step forward towards the ending of the political crisis in the African nation.
The statement also noted that Mr. Guterres welcomes the parties' commitment to conducting an independent investigation into the violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters, including the events on 3 June, when security forces and militia fired on pro-democracy protesters in the capital Khartoum, leaving dozens dead and many more injured.
Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the military council, waves to his supporters upon his arrival to attend a military-backed rally. Protesters have been demanding the military council to transfer power to a civilian-led government.
Sudan's top general has said the military council that assumed power after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April will be dissolved with the implementation of a power-sharing deal.
The joint sovereign council will consist of five members of the military and five civilians, in addition to one civilian chosen by consensus from both sides.
Experts believe the agreement will end the political deadlock and protests which rocked the country for almost two months after the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir. The coalition of opposition and protest groups have been in talks with the military over who would run the country. Five days later, on July 5, the two sides announced that they had reached a power-sharing deal.
He said the military is discussing the candidates for the sovereign council with the Force for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protest movement. The deadly clampdown killed at least 128 people, according to protest organizers. Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Sudan's cities in the run-up to the deal.