Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has said there are efforts to destabilise his country through an attempt to replicate the so-called Arab spring.
He was speaking in Egypt’s capital Cairo after meeting his counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
In his speech, President Bashir acknowledged there were problems in the country but said they were not as big as portrayed by the media.
The protests started over cuts to bread and fuel subsidies but have since morphed into anger at Mr Bashir’s 30-year rule.
Protesters have been heard shouting: “the people want the fall of the regime”.
The slogan is adopted from the Arab spring – a wave of protests which started in 2010 and spread across the Middle East and North Africa and led to civil wars.