Sudan Army Chief of General Staff and AFRICOM Leader Discuss Boosting Cooperation

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Sudanese army Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Emad al-Din Mustafa Adawi met with Head of U.S. armed forces in Africa Thomas Walhauser, and Major General Barre R. Seguin who is the Director, Strategy, Plans and Programs, U.S. Africa Command, at the sidelines of the a meeting of AFRICOM chiefs of general staff in Stuttgart, Germany.

A senior Sudanese military delegation has arrived in Germany to attend a summit for the first time with the heads of staff of the United States Africa Command (Africom), headquartered in Stuttgart.

The senior military delegation is led by Sudan’s chief of staff, Imaduldin Adawi. The official Sudanese news agency (Suna) reported that the Sudanese chief of staff will hold a number of meetings and bilateral talks with counterparts participating on the sidelines of the summit.

Brig. gen. Ahmed Khalifa Shami, spokesman for the Sudan Armed Forces, had said that Sudan’s participation in the meetings of Africom in Germany “is evidence on the breakthrough in the relationship with the United States and a move towards lifting Sudan’s name from the US list of countries sponsoring terrorism and fully lifting the American economic sanctions.

“Sudan’s participation in these meetings is an indicator for surpassing the phase of sanctions lifting to cooperation in issues that Sudan is committed to combating such as cross-border crimes, terrorism, illegal immigration and money laundering,” Shami said.

Earlier this year the two countries reappointed military attachés in their respective diplomatic missions in Khartoum and Washington for the first time in over thirty years.

Established in 2007, the AFRICOM is responsible for U.S. military operations and military relations with African armies.

Besides military cooperation with the African armies, it supports the anti-LRA African Union-led military campaign, a regional operation against Boko Haram group or the military operation on al-Qaeda-linked group AKMI in Mali and other regional operation to eradicate terror groups.

The meetings started on Tuesday and will continue until Friday, with the participation of the chiefs of staff of 42 countries. Sudan will participate for the first time in these meetings.