Atlanta, United States (CNN) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Arab countries denounced Tuesday’s failed coup attempt in Sudan, in which 21 military officers and a number of soldiers were arrested.
Guterres said, in a statement, that he condemned the coup attempt in Khartoum, stressing that any effort to undermine the political transition in the country would jeopardize the hard-earned progress on the political and economic fronts, as he put it.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE condemned the attempt, in statements published in official media.
Security sources told CNN that the former ruling Islamist party made several attempts to destabilize the transitional government in Sudan. These attempts are now reinforced by tribal insecurity, anti-government demonstrations in the east, and regional actors, the sources added.
Sudanese security officials wondered when a shipment of weapons would be transferred on board Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa to Sudan. The Sudanese authorities confiscated the shipment that was transferred to Ethiopia in 2019 after entering the country earlier this month, but it was then released and declared legal.
A high-ranking Sudanese security source told CNN: “The question that arises is why will Ethiopia release a shipment of weapons that it has been holding since 2019, this month?”
The source added: “We believe that there is a clear regional attempt to destabilize Sudan in support of the former ruling party, and what we are witnessing (the coup attempt) is the result of that.”
Ethiopian Airlines denied that the arms shipment to Sudan was illegal, saying it was a “commercial transport of hunting rifles with all appropriate documentation for the shipper and consignee.”
CNN has contacted the Ethiopian government for comment on the accusations, but has not yet received a response.