(ANSA) – KHARTOUM, AUG 24 – The first United States ambassador to Sudan took office today after 25 years, testifying to the new relations between Khartoum and Washington, which removed the African nation from the list of sponsor states of the terrorism. Relations between the two countries were severely strained during the thirty-year regime of autocrat Omar al-Bashir, overthrown in 2019, with the US imposing harsh economic sanctions against Sudan, guilty of hosting the founder of Al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden, between 1992 and 1996.
“Ambassador John Godfrey arrived in Khartoum today, the first US ambassador to Sudan in nearly 25 years,” the US embassy said in a statement. The diplomat’s arrival comes as Sudan is grappling with unrest and a severe economic crisis following the military coup on 25 October led by Army General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, which reversed a fragile transition that took place after the removal of al-Bashir.
“Godfrey will work to strengthen relations between the American and Sudanese people and to support their aspirations for freedom, peace, justice and the transition to democracy” ;; the embassy continued in the note. “He looks forward to pursuing priorities related to peace and security, economic development and food security,” he concluded. (HANDLE).
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