US approves Sudan envoy
KHARTOUM: Sudan announced Monday that the United States had approved Khartoum’s pick of a veteran diplomat as ambassador to Washington, the first such envoy in over two decades. Ties between Khartoum and Washington had been strained during the threedecade dictatorship of Omar Al-Bashir, but eased after he was ousted by the army last year following mass protests. Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok visited Washington in December and the two countries agreed to exchange envoys. In a statement, Sudan’s foreign ministry said Monday “the US government approved the nomination of Nour Eddin Satti as an ambassador and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sudan.” A veteran diplomat, Satti served as Sudan’s ambassador to France in the 1990s and later worked with United Nations peacekeeping missions in Congo and Rwanda.