Sudan expects to normalise relations with Washington within 4-6 months after more than a decade under U.S. sanctions, the Sudanese foreign minister said on Monday following talks with the visiting new American envoy.
The United States imposed economic sanctions on Sudan in 1997. Although Washington has a large embassy in Khartoum, it does not have a full ambassadorial post.
"The end game is normalisation of relations between the two countries," Foreign Minister Deng Alor told reporters after the meeting new envoy Richard Williamson, who was making his first trip to Sudan since taking up the post.
"We have a timetable something between now and the coming four months ...maximum six months."
He said normalisation could include restoring a U.S. ambassador in Sudan, the lifting of some or all the sanctions and the removal of Sudan from the list of sponsors of "terrorism".
Williamson described the meeting as "businesslike and pragmatic," adding that his job was to move towards peace in Darfur and cement the 2005 north-south deal known as the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
"Progress cannot be just in lofty rhetoric but deliverable specifics on the ground where we can find common cause," he said.
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