25 years later, the first US ambassador arrives in the country to demonstrate the improvement in relations between the two nations, after Sudan be removed from the list in which the United States considered it a state sponsor of terrorism. Relations between the two countries went through periods of tension, especially during the government of Omar al-Bashir, where the US imposed sanctions directed towards Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
The first US ambassador to the country in 25 years arrived on Wednesday in the latest sign of improving relations between the two nations after the United States removed Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Osama bin Laden, founder of Al-Qaeda, lived in Sudan between 1992 and 1996 (prior to committing the attack on the twin towers) and in 1993, the US already designated Sudan as a “state sponsor of terrorism”.
John Godfrey, the new US ambassador to Sudan, said via twitter that “He is delighted to arrive in Sudan” and that “I hoped to deepen American-Sudanese relations and support the aspirations of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace, justice and transition to democracy.”
The US embassy said in a statement that Godfrey “It also hopes to advance priorities related to peace and security, economic development and food security.”
The arrival of the new ambassador takes place within a framework of tensions within Sudan that seeks to resolve the widespread disturbances and demonstrations due to the economic crisis that has affected them since the military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan last year. Now with a new transitional government led by Abdalla Hamdok, who was prime minister, relations between Washington and Khartoum have started to become more friendly.
Last year’s takeover by the armed forces derailed the fragile transition that followed al-Bashir’s ouster. In recent months, Protesters have filled the streets calling for an end to military rule, with many skeptical of the military’s assurances that they want to gradually return power to the people.
Al-Burhan has recently promoted a political initiative called “The call of the people of Sudan” which, according to him, would put an end to the country’s political crisis and put it on the path to the restoration of democracy. The initiative still has to count on the support of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), the main civilian bloc in Sudan that was removed from power by the military.
Despite the conflicts, relations between the United States and Sudan have improved over the years, announcing the appointment of an ambassador to Sudan in December 2019, by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Sudan appointed an ambassador to the US in May 2020, and the US removed Sudan from the “state sponsors of terrorism” list that same year.
In January 2021, the country signed the “Abraham Accords” engaging in to normalize its relationship with Israel, a move rejected by its own political parties. An agreement has yet to be finalized and he was not invited to a March summit in Israel with other Arab nations that have signed the accords.
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