US invites senior Sudanese delegation
24 April 2013, 12:16
Washington - The Obama administration is preparing to
welcome a senior Sudanese delegation to the United States for some rare
highest-level diplomacy between the countries.
State Department spokesperson Hilary Renner says Sudanese
presidential adviser Nafie Ali Nafie and other officials have accepted an
invitation to Washington for a "candid discussion on the conflicts and
humanitarian crises within Sudan".
She says no date has yet been fixed.
But it has been years since the US received such a
high-level delegation from Sudan, which Washington has considered a state
sponsor of terrorism since 1993.
The US also blames the African country for atrocities in
Darfur and along the border with South Sudan.
Renner said on Tuesday the US remains concerned about
Sudan's "aerial bombardment of civilian areas", human trafficking and
other rights issues.