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US Secretary of State visits Sudan

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (File photo)

August 24 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – The United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo who is currently on a state visit to Israel is visiting Sudan on Tuesday according to several Sudanese officials quoted by the state-owned Sudan News Agency.

Sudan has been normalizing relations with the United States since the overthrow of former leader Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, but is still seeking to be removed from a list of countries the US considers as state sponsors of terrorism.

Pompeo arrived in Israel on Monday and will also visit Bahrain and the UAE as part of a five-day tour. His trip follows an accord between Israel and the UAE earlier this month to normalize relations and will focus on pushing other Arab states to follow suit.

Speaking late on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he and “his friend” Pompeo would talk about “expanding the circle of peace in our region” during their Monday meeting.

“We’re working on peace with more countries, and I think there will be more countries – and in the not-so-distant future,” Netanyahu said.

Following the US-sponsored deal announced on 13 August, the new partners say they want to promote trade, especially the sale of Emirati oil to Israel and Israeli technology to the Emirates, as well as boosting tourism by establishing direct air links.

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