The US ambassador to Sudan, John Godfrey, presented his credentials to the head of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, becoming the first US ambassador to the country in nearly 25 years.
Godfrey said, in a statement published by the US Embassy’s Facebook account, “As you know, there has been no US ambassador to Sudan for more than 25 years. An agreement to exchange ambassadors was signed in 2019, when the United States strengthened relations with the former transitional government.”
Godfrey added that “his arrival in Khartoum reflects the commitment of the United States to deepening relations between the Sudanese people and the American people,” noting that the ties between the two peoples represent a focal point in any bilateral relations.
He also stressed the need for the Sudanese army to stay away from politics once a Sudanese government is established in the country, calling on all political forces to enter into a comprehensive dialogue to form a new civilian government.
In 2020, the United States removed Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, after nearly three decades, as Washington included Sudan on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, in 1993, and accused former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of supporting and harboring terrorist groups, including the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. Banned in Russia.