İrem GÖL -TDO- Sudanese Foreign Minister said Sudan has appointed its first ambassador to the United States for almost a quarter of a century. Both countries expressed their intentions to normalize the relations after fall of veteran Islamist ruler Omar al-Bashir in an uprising a year ago. Noureldin Sati is chosen as ambassador in Washington and U.S. authorities also approved his nomination.
Both countries had for almost a quarter of century appointed only charge d’affairs, a diplomatic rank under an ambassador, to run their embassies in Washington and Khartoum. In December, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said that two countries would exchange ambassadors. The U.S. ambassador would be nominated by President Trump and need to be confirmed by the Senate. Yet, the U.S. did not provide any insight on plans to appoint an ambassador to Sudan yet.
In 1993, the U.S. had added Sudan to its list of sponsors of terrorism leaving Sudan ineligible for badly needed debt relief and financing from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Last year, the US announced that they might remove Sudan from the list but the U.S. Congress needed to ratify such a move. But, no further comment was provided about the internal deliberations.