Burhan in­vited to US

Pretoria News - - WORLD - |

THE US yes­ter­day in­vited Gen­eral Ab­del Fat­tah al-Burhan, head of Su­dan’s sov­er­eign coun­cil, to visit Washington, the coun­cil said, high­light­ing warmer bi­lat­eral ties since the army top­pled Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir in April last year.

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, who in­vited Burhan for the visit, said in De­cem­ber the two coun­tries planned to be­gin ex­chang­ing am­bas­sadors af­ter a 23-year break.

Washington and Khar­toum had been at odds for decades, but their re­la­tions have im­proved since Bashir’s over­throw and the for­ma­tion of a civil­ian tran­si­tional govern­ment four months later.

The pur­pose of the visit will be “to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and ways of de­vel­op­ing them”, the coun­cil said. Su­danese Prime Min­is­ter Ab­dalla Ham­dok and other cab­i­net min­is­ters have vis­ited Washington since the tran­si­tional govern­ment was sworn in.

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