The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council has given Sudan’s military council a 15-day ultimatum to transfer power to a civilian-led political authority or face suspension from the pan-African body.

The council at its headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday and agreed a military-led transition would be completely contrary to the aspirations of the people of Sudan.

The continental body therefore demanded that the military council step aside and hand over power to a transitional civilian-led political authority within a maximum period of 15 days, or else Sudan would be barred from taking part in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional rule.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has met members of Sudan’s new military council, becoming the first foreign leader to do so.

General Galaledin Alsheikh led a delegation to neighbouring Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday to brief Mr Abiy about the latest developments in Sudan, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.

The military rulers urged Ethiopia to continue its long-standing support for Sudan, while Mr Abiy called on them to address the people of Sudan’s grievances and concerns to ensure a peaceful transition.