Experts to Outline Mechanisms to Implement Egyptian-Libyan Peace Initiative
A meeting at the level of experts will on Monday or Tuesday discuss mechanisms to implement the Libyan-Egyptian initiative for Peace in Sudan.
Al Ahram daily newspaper quoted Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum, Ahmed Abdel-Halim, as saying that that Sudan "completely agrees to the plan and has no objections or reservations whatsoever."
Meanwhile, Sudan said Sunday it was prepared to welcome a newly appointed US presidential envoy charged to help end Sudan's 18-year civil war, the official SUNA news agency reported Sunday.
During a meeting with the US charge d'affaires in Khartoum, Raymond Brown, Sudan's Foreign Minister Tigani Salih Fidail said his government was prepared to hold talks with new US envoy John Danforth, SUNA said.
The two sides also discussed US-Sudanese ties which have been frequently strained since General Omar al-Beshir took power in a 1989 coup.
Sudan's ruling National Congress (NC) party also welcomed Thursday's appointment of Danforth by US President George W. Bush as a "positive step," and urged Washington to appoint an ambassador to Khartoum, NC leader Ibrahim Ahmed Omar said.
The official also raised hope that US policy towards Sudan would be clearer after a United Nations Security Council meeting later this month to debate lifting sanctions imposed on Sudan in 1996.
The Security Council said Wednesday it had set a September 17 meeting at which the panel could lift its five-year-old sanctions on Khartoum.
Bush has charged former senator Danforth to help end 18 years of conflict in Sudan that have left more than 1.8 million dead, mostly in the southern part of the oil-rich African nation, where rebels have been fighting the government for self-determination - Albawaba.com
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