A visiting Congressional delegation from the United States has pledged their country’s support for Sudan’s democratic transition and assistance in reintegrating the country into the international financial and monetary systems.
Senator Christopher Cunz, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, leads the delegation, which is joined by Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.
The delegation, which was behind a US$700 million aid package for Sudan, arrived in Khartoum on Monday and has met with cabinet, finance, and presidency officials to discuss how the US administration can assist Sudan during the transition period.
It is also considering how to assist in resolving outstanding border disputes between Sudan and Ethiopia, as well as putting an end to rising tensions between Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which Sudan and Egypt fear will affect their Nile River share.
The delegation met with the head of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council, Gen. Abdel Fatah Al-Burhan, on Tuesday and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations, according to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA).
The report says, Burhan briefed US Senators on how Sudan intends to resolve differences with Ethiopia on the GERD through dialogue to reach a solution “acceptable to all parties,” as well as border issues with Ethiopia.
The US delegation was also assured that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) would be able to provide unrestricted assistance to over 70,000 Ethiopian refugees who had crossed into eastern Sudan following the outbreak of civil strife in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
According to SUNA, Gen. Burhan reassured the delegation that NGOs and humanitarian organizations have unrestricted access to Ethiopian refugee camps to provide services and humanitarian assistance.
The US delegation, on its part, reaffirmed the US support for the transition period while also assisting Sudan in reintegrating into regional and international communities.