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Sudan Expresses Reservations on US Travel Warning

Sudan Expresses Reservations on US Travel Warning

Sunday, 9 August, 2020 - 08:00
Sudanese soldiers. FILE PHOTO | AFP

Sudan has said it "regrets" the latest US State Department advisory against travel to the country.

In a standard advisory, the State Department called on US citizens to "reconsider travel to Sudan due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. Members of known terrorist groups continue to be in Sudan and could pose a threat."

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry reaffirmed on Saturday the country's full cooperation with the United States and the international community to combat all forms of terrorism in Sudan and the region.

The government urged the international community to back Sudan’s openness to the world through strategic dialogue mechanisms for the best interest of all parties and for international security and peace.

It also called on the international community to abide by its commitments in supporting Sudan’s transitional phase.

The government this week welcomed remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a phone call with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok that he would like to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The US designated Sudan a state sponsor of terror in 1993 over ousted President Omar al-Bashir’s ties with terrorist groups. Earlier, the Sudanese government agreed to compensate victims’ families of the explosions at the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.

In another context, “rebels from the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) attacked nomadic herders on their migration route from the south to the north and soldiers securing a road, ambushing them and planting mines" in the South Kordofan region on Thursday, the statement said.

As a result, there were a number of wounded and many dead among civilians and security forces. The SPLA-N blamed the incident on "a governmental militia."

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