Sudan appoints first ambassador to U.S. for decades

Sudan appoints first ambassador to U.S. for decades
# 04 May 2020 23:18 (UTC +04:00)

Sudan has appointed its first ambassador to the United States for almost a quarter of a century, its foreign ministry said on Monday, in a move to normalise relations after decades of antagonism. 

Both countries pledged to improve ties after the fall of veteran Islamist ruler Omar al-Bashir to an uprising a year ago. 

The Sudanese foreign ministry said it had chosen Noureldin Sati, a veteran diplomat, as ambassador in Washington and that U.S. authorities had approved his nomination. The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Both countries had for almost a quarter of century appointed only charge d’affaires, a diplomatic rank under an ambassador, to run their embassies in Washington and Khartoum. 

In December, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two countries would exchange ambassadors.

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