Sudanese Government Seeks to Reopen Embassy in Washington

Published July 2nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Sudanese government is working to reopen its embassy in Washington, now that US diplomats are returning to their embassy in Khartoum, a senior Sudanese diplomat said Sunday. 

"Efforts are now being exerted for removing obstacles hindering the reopening of the Sudanese embassy in Washington," Junior Foreign Minister Ali Abdel Rahman Nimeiri was quoted by the official SUNA news agency as saying. 

He added that senior US diplomats have been making frequent visits to the embassy in Khartoum from Nairobi since late April. 

The US government moved its Khartoum embassy staff to Nairobi for security reasons about four years ago, although the ambassador used to visit the Sudanese capital once a month to maintain a presence. 

He stopped the visits amid an upsurge in fears over security in the aftermath of the bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998. The embassy had been maintained by Sudanese staff until April. 

The developments came after US presidential envoy Harry Johnston made a groundbreaking visit to Khartoum on March 4th to discuss restaffing the embassy and ensuring proper security as well as broader issues like Sudan's civil war. 

US officials have said Washington is trying to re-engage the Islamist government in Khartoum, which it says is a state sponsor of terrorism and which it condemns for its actions in the 17-year civil war in the south - KHARTOUM (AFP) 

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