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US positions on resuming aid to Sudan on further democratic progress

U.S.A.US positions on resuming aid to Sudan on further...

The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, in a telephonic conversation with the leaders of that African country, put forward the resumption of $700 million in aid to Sudan for more democratic progress.

“This is a first step, not a last step,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, describing the Blinken talks following the reinstatement of Sudan’s civilian prime minister, Abdullah Hamdok, a month after the coup.

Price indicated that the decision to resume support would be “completely based on what happens over the next few hours and the next few days and weeks”.

Blinken, who said on Sunday he was “encouraged” by the weekend deal in Sudan that returned Hamdok to power, spoke separately with both General Abdel Fattah al Burhan and the prime minister.

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“That was essentially his message: we must continue to see progress … we must continue to see Sudan back on a democratic path,” Price said.

Sudan established a delicate power-sharing agreement between the military and civilians following the 2019 ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir, with elections scheduled for 2024.

The United States sought to support the transition through a $700 million aid package, which Burhan dropped Hamdok and later suspended when new members were appointed to the governing council.

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