United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would be visiting Sudan in the coming days, a Sudanese government official said on Sunday.
Reuters news agency, which first reported on the visit, added that Pompeo will also travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Monday and Tuesday following an accord between the two countries this month to forge full relations.
“Sudan has been normalising relations with the United States since the overthrow of former leader Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 but is still seeking removal from a list of countries the U.S. considers as state sponsors of terrorism,” Reuters wrote, adding that “ending the terrorism listing is a top priority for Sudan’s transitional military-civilian ruling council and the government of technocrats that serves under it.”
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The listing dates to 1993 and makes Sudan, struggling with a deep economic crisis, technically ineligible for debt relief and financing from international lenders, the report added.