Washington, Khartoum Discuss Raising US Diplomatic Representation

Friday, 15 November, 2019 - 08:00
Khartoum – Ahmed Younis

US Special Envoy for Sudan Donald Booth discussed with Foreign Minister Asma Abdullah upgrading the diplomatic relations between the two countries, from the chargé d’affaires to the level of ambassador, and maintaining bilateral dialogue to reach the full normalization of relations between the two countries.

Booth, who is visiting Khartoum, met with the chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, and discussed with him a number of common issues and Sudanese files, mainly the establishment of peace in the country.

In a press statement, Booth said his country would seek to cooperate with the transitional government to successfully complete the transitional phase, draft a constitution and hold the elections.

He added: “We pledge to work with Sudan’s international partners, in advancing the peace process, and help the Sudanese people during the transitional period.”

The US envoy briefed the Sudanese minister on efforts to meet with the armed movements to support the peace process in Sudan.

Booth reiterated the United States’ full support for the transitional government and the role it plays through its participation in the Group of Friends of Sudan, which will meet in Khartoum in December.

The United States reduced its diplomatic representation in Sudan to the level of Charge d'Affaires in 1997, despite having in Khartoum one of the region’s largest embassies.

Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok is expected to visit Washington this month to discuss with US officials the removal of Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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