US Experts Assess Security in Sudan before Reopening US Embassy

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A team of United States experts visited Sudan to examine and assess the security situation in the country prior to reopening the US embassy in Khartoum, Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail was quoted as saying by a newspaper in the Sudanese capital. 

The experts had talks with Sudanese officials on differences between Khartoum and Washington, including the US accusation against Sudan of sponsoring terrorism, and humanitarian and human rights issues, as-Sahafi ad-Dawli daily reported Monday. 

It said the experts were from the US State Department, the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), the newspaper said. 

"The US experts got answers to all questions they raised on American concerns over security in Sudan," Ismail said, adding that the US experts, who reportedly arrived in the Sudanese capital on June 22, left Monday and would later return to Sudan. 

"We have reassured them that security prevails in Khartoum as manifested by the presence of the European embassies here," said Ismail, adding "our religion makes it imperative upon us to protect foreigners." 

This was the first official disclosure of the American experts' visit to Sudan -- KHARTOUM (AFP) 

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