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US to name ambassador to Sudan for first time in 23 years - Pompeo

The two nations will proceed with an exchange of ambassadors, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.

FILE: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waits for Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on 8 July 2018. Picture: AFP

WASHINGTON - The United States said Wednesday it would name an ambassador to Sudan for the first time in 23 years, during a visit to Washington by the country's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The two nations will proceed with an exchange of ambassadors, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.

"This decision is a meaningful step forward in strengthening the US-Sudan bilateral relationship, particularly as the civilian-led transitional government works to implement ... vast reforms," Pompeo said in a statement.

Hamdok met with one of Pompeo's top deputies, David Hale.