US-Sudan agree to normalize relations, to re-establish high level diplomatic ties

Sudanese PM Abdalla Hamdok with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel

The US and Sudan have agreed to re- establish high level diplomatic relations after more than 23 years. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced on Wednesday during the visit of the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to Washington DC.

Relations between the two countries have been strained ever since the US had designated Sudan, as a terror sponsoring state for supporting various terror groups inimical to US interests. This was during the reign of the previous President Omar Al Bashar.

Being designated as a terror sponsoring state, Sudan was barred from receiving any form of financial or other assistance from the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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The Omar Al Bashar’s reign ended in August of 2019 after protests erupted against growing food price inflation, economic woes and lack of democracy that was seen to be stifling the country.

A national transition council took over and Abdalla Hamdok was selected as the Prime Minister.

Last month, the US had indicated its intention to normalise its ties with the African nation and also remove it from the list of “terror sponsoring states”.

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