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The United States and Sudan will exchange ambassadors for the first time in 23 years, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday.
Pompeo made the announcement as Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok made his first official visit to Washington following his rise to power, after the ousting of strongman Omar al-Bashir this year following 30 years of dictatorship.
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“Today, we are pleased to announce that the United States and Sudan have decided to initiate the process of exchanging ambassadors after a 23-year gap,” Pompeo said in a statement. “This decision is a meaningful step forward in strengthening the U.S.-Sudan bilateral relationship, particularly as the civilian-led transitional government works to implement the vast reforms under the political agreement and constitutional declaration of August 17, 2019. We look forward to working with the Senate to confirm an ambassador to Sudan.”
Hamdok said he hopes to secure Sudan’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, on which Sudan has been listed for the past 25 years, making it one of the countries included on the Trump administration’s travel ban imposed shortly after he took office in 2017. Any country with such designation also becomes ineligible for debt relief and loans from the IMF or World Bank.
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“Since his August 21 appointment, Prime Minister Hamdok has led Sudan’s...
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