KHARTOUM, The United States acting Secretary of the State John Sullivan says the coming weeks will witness the launch of the second phase of the Sudan-US dialogue when Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Professor Ibrahim Ghandour pays a visit to Washington.

The visit was agreed during the visit of the American official to Khartoum last October and also during a meeting between the two officials in Munich, Germany, on the sideline of a security conference held there.

Sullivan has underlined in a phone call with Ghandour the importance of relations between his country and the Sudan and that they are looking forward to the start of the new phase of dialogue on the removal of Sudan from Washington’s list of tsponsors of terrorism.

The US official commended the decision taken by President Omer al-Bashir to extend for another three months the ceasefire extended to armed groups in some areas of western Sudan, up to the end of June.

He also commended the role played by Sudan in the realization of a ceasefire in South Sudan and Khartoum’s role in closing the gaps on the question of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam (GErD).

Ghandour meanwhile said Sudan looked forwards to normal relations with the US, which is an important nation and a superpower and that the launch of the dialogue was very important.

Ghandour underlined that Sudan would continue with its endeavors to achieve peace in the country via dialogue and other agreed upon means and through its National Dialogue initiative. Sudan would also continue playing its positive role in the region and with its neighbors of South Sudan, Libya, Central African Republic and others.

He also told the American official that the GERD project could be beneficial to all three Nile River countries (Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt) and that the leaders of the three nations had underlined the need for co-operation in all fields for the realization of development to the benefit of citizens in the three states.

The two senior foreign affairs officials have also discussed the question of North Korea where Ghandour underlined that Sudan has no military cooperation with North Korea and that Sudan is committed to abide by resolutions issued by the United Nations Security Council on this matter.

Source: Nam News Network