For the first time in 25 years, America appoints an ambassador in Sudan

For the first time in many years, Washington has promoted its diplomatic representation with Sudan from Chargé d’affaires to Ambassador.

Today, Saturday, the Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath correspondent reported on the appointment of the diplomat, John Godfrey, as US ambassador to Khartoum.

Godfrey thus became the first US ambassador since 1996, after diplomatic relations between the two countries were severed.

After Al-Bashir’s dismissal

US-Sudanese relations had recovered after the dismissal of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, following extensive demonstrations, which led to the overthrow of the previous regime and the establishment of a transitional government shared by the civilian and military, with the aim of reaching the legislative elections and returning to the right via Democratic, after many years of al-Bashir’s rule, he and 4 of his collaborators were issued an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court, accusing him of committing war crimes in Darfur.

Bashir (Reuters)
Bashir (Reuters)

deterioration of relationships

Interestingly, relations between the two countries steadily deteriorated in the early 1990s after Al-Bashir supported extremist groups.

In 1993, the US administration classified Sudan as a sponsor of terrorism, and its name has stuck in that list until Abdullah Hamdok took over the government two years ago.

Washington in He later suspended the work of his embassy in Khartoum in 1996 and the following year (1997) US President Bill Clinton issued an executive order that imposed economic, financial and trade sanctions on the country.

However, things have changed since 2019 and Washington has again launched an aid program for the country and removed its name from the terrorist list.

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