The United States announced on Wednesday December 4th that it will begin to exchange ambassadors with Sudan for the first time in 23 years, AFP reported. The US administration’s new strategy is intended to strengthen the diplomatic ties between the two nations and to restore full diplomatic relations with Sudan.
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said on Thursday December 5th during his visit to Washington, that he sees new and effective progress in removing his nation from the United States blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism. "Over the last two to three days here in Washington, the elephant in the room is the issue of the delisting of Sudan from the state sponsors of terrorism," Hamdok said.
Hamdok, who is the first leader of Sudan to visit Washington since 1985, said that the blacklist had had an impact not only on investment but on efforts to relieve Sudan's debt as well. He described the discussions as "progressing very well." "We're making progress on this and we hope we'll be able to reach a conclusion," he added.