Saudi Arabia, Bahrain Welcome Exchange of Ambassadors between US and Sudan

Sunday, 8 December, 2019 - 05:00
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the announcement of the United States and Sudan on the exchange of ambassadors between them, after more than two decades, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

SPA quoted a ministry statement as saying on Saturday that the appointment of a US ambassador to Khartoum indicates Washington’s appreciation of the important stage that Sudan is currently embarking on, which requires a concerted effort by both countries to build mutually beneficial and fruitful relations.

The resumption of diplomatic ties between the US and Sudan will be vital to supporting the transitional government in Sudan that was formed on August 21, it stated.

It will also contribute to building solid bridges of understanding and will be an important step forward to restore the vitality and strength of bilateral ties, including by removing Sudan from the state-sponsor of terrorism list, and lifting all economic sanctions against it. This step will also facilitate the rebuilding of an institutions-driven state and assist Sudan as it recovers from the recent crisis, the statement added.

Bahrain also welcomed the announcement on the exchange of ambassadors.

It described it as a positive and important step that reflects willingness by both sides in improving their relations.

A statement by Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that this step is a valued support to Sudan's transitional government and backed its efforts to enhance security and stability.

It regarded the move as the beginning of the removal of Sudan from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism and the reconsideration of all the economic sanctions imposed on it, which will contribute to the achievement of the aspirations of the Sudanese people for development, progress and prosperity.

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