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Archive for December 5, 2019

Newsline: US, Sudan to Exchange Ambassadors for First Time in 23 Years

The United States and Sudan will exchange ambassadors for the first time in more than two decades, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. The announcement came as Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was on his first visit to Washington. “This decision is a meaningful step forward in strengthening the U.S.-Sudan bilateral relationship, particularly as the civilian-led transitional government works to implement the vast reforms,” Pompeo said in a statement. (https://www.voanews.com/usa/us-sudan-exchange-ambassadors-first-time-23-years) Pompeo said the two countries would begin “the process of exchanging ambassadors after a 23-year gap.” During his Washington visit, Hamdok sought support for Sudan’s transition toward democracy after strongman Omar al-Bashir was ousted this year after 30 years of rule. Hamdok hopes to secure Sudan’s removal from the U.S. “state sponsor of terrorism blacklist,” on which Sudan has been listed for more than 25 years.

Newsline: Russia declares Bulgarian embassy counsellor persona non grata

A note declaring a Bulgarian embassy counsellor persona non grata has been handed over to Bulgarian Ambassador to Moscow Atanas Krastin, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. “The move is a tit-for-tat response to the Bulgarian authorities’ October decision to expel a Russian diplomat,” the statement reads. (https://tass.com/politics/1096095) On October 29, Bulgaria declared a Russian embassy employee persona non grata, saying he was suspected of espionage. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said then that Moscow would consider retaliatory measures “in accordance with diplomatic practice.”.