The Sudanese Foreign Minister and the US Deputy Secretary of State agreed on Wednesday to start the second phase of the dialogue within a few weeks to lift the country’s name from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
The foreign ministry acting spokesperson Gafar Sumi Tutu said US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the coming days would see the start of the second phase of dialogue between the two countries.
The statement pointed out that the US Secretary pointed to the importance of relations between Sudan and his country, and looked forward to the beginning of the second phase of the dialogue on lifting the name of Sudan from the list of States sponsoring terrorism.
Normalization of relations
“Sudan looks forward to normal relations with the United States as an important and major country and the beginning of the second phase of dialogue between the two countries is particularly important, especially the lifting of Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism”, Ghandour said, according to the statement.
The two ministers discussed developments on the Korean arena and the UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.
Ghandour stressed that there is no military cooperation between Sudan and North Korea, reiterating Sudan’s full commitment to UN Security Council resolutions.
The statement noted that Sullivan welcomed the decision of the President of the Republic, Marshal Omar al-Bashir, to declare a three-month ceasefire ending on 30 June and to welcome the government’s efforts through IGAD in the peace process in the South.
Ghandour stressed that the government will continue its path to complete the peace process through agreed dialogue and mechanisms, as well as completing its “national project” on national dialogue.