US normalises ties with Sudan

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The latest US move was welcomed by Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq, who hosted Baskett on Monday….reports Asian Lite News

The relations between United States and Sudan have returned to normal, according to an embassy spokesperson in Khartoum.

Amber Baskett, the Chargé d’Affairs at the American embassy in the Sudanese capital, confirmed the decision came as a result of the achievements of the interim transitional government, the Arab News reported.

The latest US move was welcomed by Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq, who hosted Baskett on Monday.

The minister said the normalisation of relations was deserved for the progress the country had made since the ousting of Omar Bashir in 2019, according to the Arab News report.

She added that the US decision would support Sudan’s democratic transition efforts and address its challenges.

The US relations with Sudan have been on an upward trajectory since 2019, and included the removal of the African country from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in 2020, it was reported.

Last week, South Sudan had launched its first oil licensing auction, offering five blocks.

The Ministry of Petroleum said the Oil Licensing Round aims to attract interest from a diverse group of foreign investors.

The ministry said it has identified new exploration blocks with potential hydrocarbons and has compiled crucial data to provide to interested investors, operators and counterparties.

The oil companies operating in South Sudan include China National Petroleum Corporation, India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Malaysia’s PETRONAS.

According to statistics from the ministry, about 90 per cent of South Sudan’s oil and gas reserves remain unexplored, providing unprecedented opportunities to international investors.

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