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US ambassador arrives to post in Sudan following 25-year freeze

In the latest indication of improving ties between the two countries following the United States' removal of Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the first US ambassador to Sudan in 25 years arrived in the nation on Wednesday.


During the former president Omar al-three-decade Bashir's leadership of Sudan, relations between the US and Sudan were hostile. US sanctions against Khartoum were severe when Bashir was in charge.




Between 1992 until 1996, Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda, resided in Sudan, which the US classified as a "state sponsor of terrorism" in 1993.


The new US ambassador to Sudan, John Godfrey, tweeted on Wednesday, "I am happy to arrive in Sudan." "I look forward to strengthening ties between Americans and Sudanese and to advancing the goals of the Sudanese people for independence, peace, justice, and a democratic transition."


Godfrey "also looks forward to addressing issues relating to peace and security, economic growth, and food security," the US embassy said in a statement. 

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