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US diplomat renews calls to resume dialogue over bilateral relations with Sudan

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August 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — US Chargé d’affaires, Joseph D. Stafford, has renewed his country’s desire to overcome the challenges facing bilateral relations between the two countries through dialogue, the official news agency reported today.

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U.S. Chargé d’affaires, Joseph D. Stafford (State Department)

Stafford who has been very active since his arrival in the Sudanese capital met Tuesday with the presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie in his office at the presidential palace to discuss ways to improve the bad relations between the two countries.

"I took this opportunity to assure him of the US government desire, through the rapid dialogue, to overcome the challenges facing bilateral relations," the American diplomat told reporters in Khartoum following the meeting.

The Chargé d’affaires however declined to elaborate on the issues he discussed with Nafie who often is strongly critical of US policy towards Sudan and refuses any role for Washington in the resolution of Sudan’s crisis.

After adding Sudan to the state terror list in 1993, the Clinton administration imposed economic sanctions on Sudan in 1997, citing the Khartoum government’s support for terrorism and human rights violations.

On 1 August, President Obama’s special envoy to Sudan, Princeton Lyman, called to resume talks on the normalisation of bilateral relations pointing out that it is not in the US’s "interest to have poor relations with Sudan."

The US failure to lift sanctions as promised before the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) led to the deterioration of relations and prevented Washington from supporting the implementation of the peace deal. It also contributed to boost an anti-CPA group within the ruling National Congress Party which hampered its completion.

Pro-South Sudan groups in Washington also thought that a hostile environment and pressure on Khartoum would help ensure the independence of southern Sudan after the end of the interim period in 2011.

However gradually the American administration has realised that is has no leverage to promote peace, democracy and human rights in Sudan. This has been illustrated in their failed efforts done to support the resolution of Darfur crisis and the recent crisis of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

During the Doha process, while the signing of a peace agreement between the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) was in its final stages Lyman and Dane Smith, his adviser on Darfur, proposed to keep talks with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). However, this gave the opportunity to Sudanese officials in two meetings held in May 2011 in Doha to reject any American proposition even if they were positive.

Washington has also failed to resolve the humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan despite harsh language against Khartoum. It was also unable to implement its threats to deliver direct humanitarian aid through South Sudan to the affected areas because such move would be seen as direct support to the rebels.

During his speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington Lyman said there is a need to move with Khartoum in order to improve relations starting by the lift of sanctions as it was pledged for the second time before the referendum on South Sudan’s independence.

He admitted that Khartoum is not alone accountable of the delay in the resolution of the Sudan and South Sudan’s outstanding issues. But he pointed out that Khartoum has to stop bombing against civilians in the Two Areas, allow humanitarian access and to resume talks with the SPLM-North rebels.

Lyman in his speech insinuated that the US administration, instead of constant and unproductive pressure, can move forward to improve bilateral relations through a process of confidence building and supporting the regime to achieve justice and development in Darfur and ending South Kordofan and Blue Nile war.

He was also critical to calls for regime change stressing that "Sudan has lived with war much of its history", pointing out that Sudanese rebels call for regime change means the continuation of conflicts there.

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  • 15 August 2012 08:20, by Mi diit

    US is begging the terrorist country, Sudan, which is led by an indicted leader, Bashir, for a bilateral relations. Interesting!

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    • 15 August 2012 08:43, by Aaban

      You are right mi, American are not doing what benefit others, they work for their interest, see them now they are in trouble,

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    • 15 August 2012 12:38, by Anti Dinka’s

      Hahahahahha!! Funny
      How much did Donkey AL-Beshir pay you?
      friend calling today and tomorrow they will show up in New York and destroy your New World Trade Center
      you have captured them in Afghanistan
      supporting A genocidal like Donkey AL-Beshir
      will never help your country

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    • 15 August 2012 16:18, by Bungachier 50

      Dear All,
      Note that the America we have today is not the America we knew. This is the America of an Arab offspring: Barrack Hussien Obama. The foreign realions of America now has reduced to 40%. Expect more surprises to comeforth with Obama’s regime. Just forget about America and let us leave our own life.

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  • 15 August 2012 08:44, by sudani ana

    The US is finall beginning to realise that its making a big mistake by befriending the hyaenas ( Kenia, Uganda, South Sudan etc) whilst ignoring the LION in the area ( SUDAN) the biggest and most influential country in this area of Africa.

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    • 15 August 2012 10:37, by zulu

      The US is taking its strategic approach and knows very well that there are only 2.5 countries left in the middle eas to deal with. Iran, Syria and Sudan. Syria is almost finished. Iran, Israel is going to bomb before November this year, Sudan is undergoing opposition onslaught. So. the domino effect is happening.

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  • 15 August 2012 08:51, by Kenyan the cushite

    what lion is this sudan rat talking about. by 2015 Kenyas and east africas economy will be one of the biggest in africa. Sudan is withering away. east africa will impose new sanctions on the fake arabs. i will fight myself if i have to to keep these fake arabs from africa. Down with genocide in africa. down with racism down with NCP. no mercy to these fake arabs intruders.

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    • 15 August 2012 15:13, by Northern Sudanese

      Kenyan the cushite
      are you kidding me? kenya’s economy will be the fastest growing but not the biggest!!! what has kenya got other than tourism which is already getting worse! what sanctions can you monkeys give? US sanctions have failed, whats gonna make you think east afro sanctions can do?
      by 2015 sudan will have oil more and more worth because of the high prices than even in 2010.

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  • 15 August 2012 09:06, by Kenyan the cushite

    we welcome the justice and equility movement to open training bases in Kenyas north. we also welcome the JEM to open political attache offices in Nairobi and Mombasa to recieve weapons. NO sudan in EA. SUDAN BEWARE> ALL OF EAST AFRICA WILL FIGHT YOU.

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    • 15 August 2012 09:12, by sudani ana

      Kenyan the shit
      My advice to Kenya is stay quiet and don’t step on the lion’s tail for you wouldn’t like the consequences. Don’t try to punch above your weight.

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  • 15 August 2012 09:22, by Pif Paf

    It is good to hear about the US & Sudan moving towards normalization of realations however this is an issue which the GOS must not attach too much time & effort on. We have been here over and over again. GOS needs to hope for the best and plan for the worst.

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  • 15 August 2012 09:56, by Ahmado

    U.S is looking foreword to make good relationship with sudan because in maintime U.S they have no access to control the economy of sudan but they looking for the way to control the economy of and establish the democracy in the sudan and change the regime and make people of sudan live free from torture,enjoy their freedom of speech and their trade union

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    • 15 August 2012 11:14, by sudani ana

      Ahmado
      You mean all the fantastic democracy, prosperity and freedom enjoyed by South Sudanese???? No thanks.

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    • 15 August 2012 11:17, by mohamed mahgoub

      Ahmado like to add this a containment policy the fools in khartoum excited think US helping thousand just another approch on war on terrorim at the end regime change is eminent .

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  • 15 August 2012 10:12, by Kenyan the cushite

    dont worry you fake piece of arab turd. with kenyas 25 billion barrels of oil there will be a pipeline stretching from kenyas north to SS. and one spear to ugandas lake albter oil fields. then Khartoum will be within Kenya Airforce striking distance. my advice to sudanese citizens who want to live in peace. change.

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    • 15 August 2012 10:58, by solider

      kenya the cushit
      you better concentrate on dealing with somalian rebels first . then try and take ELIME TRIANGLE from south sudan if you belive you are a lion bcoz it is a disputed area.ELIMI TRIANGLE is extremely rich in oil gold uranium and SPLM knows you are powerless that why they added it into their ss map without consulting any kenyan officials

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      • 25 August 2012 22:31, by bior angeth

        Mr./Mrs. Soldier, you think you will create enemity between Kenya and South Sudan/New Sudan? Go away with your sheap ideas. There has been a border between Old Sudan and Kenya; that border is being used by South Sudan/New Sudan. S./New.Sudan is not creating new borders.So forget, Kenya is not going to create unreasonable arguement against S.S/New Sudan as you think.

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    • 15 August 2012 15:18, by Northern Sudanese

      Kenyan the cushite
      are you fooling yourself over here or what? the whole world knows east africa is empty of oil except north and south sudan! you spent oil your life looking for oil and you only recently discovered a small well which produces may be less the 15,000 b/d
      25 bilion lol? only kenyans believe dat crap!!!

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  • 15 August 2012 10:53, by Thorbanat

    This democrat diplomat is out of his mind. There shouldn’t be any bilateral dialogue between the State sponsored Terrorist and Washington and we need it to wait for the November 6th, 2012 US elections. Romney (Mamoth)and Ryan (Catholic) will spokeout Khartoum. There is unfinished job by Republican which I need them to finish and this is regime change in Khartoum.

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  • 15 August 2012 11:48, by Jalaby

    It’s time for US to meet its obligation and promises and lift Sudan from the list that supports terrorism because we allowed the south referendum to take place and recognized the outcome and acknowledge South Sudan as country!

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    • 15 August 2012 11:51, by Jalaby

      We allowed the south to separate and jumps high in the dark and now swinging up & down,right & left like a drunk man who can’t go straight because he didn’t drink alcohol only but smoked marijuana (Bango) in the same time and completely lost his mind!

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      • 15 August 2012 12:01, by Jalaby

        President Obama is required to lift Sudan from the list that supports the terror immediately, if US Congress is the obstacle then Obama can use the same tactic that he used before when he appointed US ambassador to Syria without US Congress approval because he waited till Congress men went on vacation and then he used his authority to appoint the US ambassador!

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        • 15 August 2012 12:07, by Jalaby

          If president Obama fails to meet his promises and couldn’t lift Sudan from the terror list then Obama should be brave enough and sends an apology letter to Al Bashir admitting to him of being a liar, yes exactly like Mr. Kiir letter to Obama where Mr. Kiir apologized to Obama of being a liar!

          Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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          • 15 August 2012 12:43, by Makavelli

            Jalaby,
            Stop fooling yourself my friend!! the US knows your dealings with the terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iranian rep guards. so my friend, until your gov. cease dealing with these groups you will remained on that list. In addition to that, US never promise to removed your govt. from terrorist sponsoring states list for lettin the SS go. so stop feeding us your govt’s PR

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            • 15 August 2012 13:08, by Jalaby

              Makavelli,
              Lifting Sudan from the terror list is just a matter of time,many +ve signals are coming from US now, last but not least US conditioned its help to S Sudan only if the south reaches to an agreement with Khartoum and push the south to pay $3bn to Sudan, what does that mean?
              I’ll shave my mustache if US doesn’t lift Sudan soon from that list my friend

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              • 15 August 2012 14:28, by Ahmado

                Mr. Jallaby i would like to tell you that,you shouldnot be happy of U.S relation since U.s impose sanction on sudan America lost their control over sudan but they have device other method to overcome problem of sudan through make good relationship and to capture those terrorist live in khartoum and change the regime and convert the sudan into democracy country.

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                • 15 August 2012 15:26, by Northern Sudanese

                  Ahmado
                  stop lying to yourself and face the reality, US wants to benefit from sudan resources. it is not interested in south sudan any more because its oil is to halve by 2020.
                  they know their sanctions have failed, after 2 decades of bad relations its time to befriend each other. good relations with washington is of the benefit of sudan and USA.

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              • 15 August 2012 17:56, by Makavelli

                Jalaby,
                I think you misread the US signals if I may say. There is nothing materialistic about what this diplomat said, "dialogue" doesn’t mean lifting of sanctions my friend Jalaby, and I hope you are ready to shave you mustache. I will said it again, the only way to lifted these sanctions are for govt to cease relations with Hamas, Hezbollah, rep guards, and getting rite of that crimes ridden gov

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                • 15 August 2012 18:04, by Northern Sudanese

                  Makavelli
                  Dialougue means negotiations if i may say. negotiations for better relations which means more cooperation and friendship. this includes lifting sanctions, the US already has plans to lift sanctions. i know its painfull to see your masters befriending your enemy but you masters have nothing to gain from your useless nation anymore

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    • 15 August 2012 19:15, by homeboy

      Jalaby,Split the country on the hope that the US will lift Sudan from the state supports terrorism list ,what a price to pay.
      US has no friends only interest.Pity this government will stop at nothing to survive.Halaib Alfashaga?..

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  • 15 August 2012 11:48, by Gabriel KK

    Don’t support them during this regime because they are criminals.

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  • 15 August 2012 13:24, by Sudani+

    TO SS fellows,
    1- can you see the differences between a respectable and responsible country "Sudan" and SS!
    2- While Kiir sent a letter of apology to his boss Obama, and his lair Barnaba retract his accusation to Boswell; the American official are sending +ve signals to Sudan calling for "negotiation to improve the relations between Sudan and US";
    3- Although we welcome and support such...

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  • 15 August 2012 13:33, by Sudani+

    3... although we welcome such move, but we have to be vigilant and cautious when it comes to dealing with the US administration;
    4- during the last 10 years they proved to be lying and not honest in keeping their promises, they only pursue their interest and hidden agenda;
    5- our government must set the rule of the game and put our national interest and security first
    5- further, the American....

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  • 15 August 2012 13:39, by Sudani+

    5-.. further, the American administration must demonstrate sings of seriousness and genuineness, for instance "apologize for the bombardment of Alshifa Pharmaceutical plan, apology for the damage they caused to the image of Sudan by accusing it of being state sponsoring terrorism, the economic loss it has caused to Sudan by the unfair and unjustified sanctions, etc..."

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    • 15 August 2012 14:48, by mohamed mahgoub

      There is no way that us has any interest to help Sudan unless that in her friends itnerest mainly Iserael and now they have a new one SS , but Sudan ( with a long history of supprting terror groups ,a bitter enemy of Iserael , a friend of Iran) beside one had to ask himself what US gonna benefit from Sudan we literaly have nothing to offer no oil no strategic position

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      • 15 August 2012 15:00, by mohamed mahgoub

        The only thing u manipulated was the signing of CPA and granted freedom for the southerners now is over they promise to pay u third the price the newly SS third and the Europian will third ,I told u the war is over ,however,I hope the NCP mongers don’t think it the same way u thinking ,it would be a disaster then

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        • 15 August 2012 16:08, by Northern Sudanese

          mohamed mahgoub
          The US isn’t interested in south sudan anymore, they have realised it was not worth it. the oil is already to halve by 2020 and south has nothing that US can benefit from. all resources that you claim to have in south are all available in other african countries. The US pressured juba to pay $25 + 3 bilion compensation to khartoum.

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      • 15 August 2012 16:04, by Northern Sudanese

        mohamed mahgoub
        why are you speaking like an american lol, Sudan has more oil than south sudan. Darfur is extremely oil rich. red sea state has also oil, dispute Halaiib triangle has also oil on its sea coast.
        do you think US want to have better relations for no reason? The US wants to kick china out

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        • 16 August 2012 00:33, by Dinkawarrior

          Even though the United States Government achieved part of it goals in Sudan, there are still more works to do a head. Those including Darfur independent, stability of South Kordofan and Blue Nile Administration, and capturing alive or dead the Dictator Bashit. U.S has nothing to lost as long as Darfur have a lot of resources than any other parts Sudan. We thanks George. W Bush for SS Independent

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        • 16 August 2012 04:17, by mohamed mahgoub

          N s. wether US has interst on SS or not this not our problem any more that another country if u r right but ours is this regime . Do u know our passport is the only on in the world no valid for Iserael even the Palastinian doesn’t,I don’t see any resources in our country except radicalism &exterimists ,in Darfur better get water before oil if u have the ability ,saudia a.the bigest oil producer

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          • 16 August 2012 04:33, by mohamed mahgoub

            their oil fields r in the gulf side not red sea becz it not profitable from red sea Somalia, djeputy,ereteria,egypt,Jordan all share red sea but not oil rich finally I thinking like American that is way they think they r not charter orginization they must be some benefit from what they do to u ,after Sept.11 they demolished two countries and looking for more u & Iran next in line ,see how many

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            • 16 August 2012 04:53, by mohamed mahgoub

              many sudanese nationals among the detainees at gentonamo prison ,everybody knows that many Hamas&Hizballah militant terrorists are living & moving freely in khartoum even fighting with u in nuba mountains along with some Iranians ,somalians ,over all the Americans asking u for regime reform which is means democratic gov. I think u like this word becz Islam & democracy are in paralel line never met

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  • 16 August 2012 04:38, by SeekingTruth

    Truth must told: USA only works for the benefits of the USA’s super power! Therefore, Northerners should not be pre-naive and get too excited before they actually smell what is in the pot of this bilateral thing! Beware of dogs, Hello!!

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    • 16 August 2012 05:46, by Dinkawarrior

      muslim and Satan has one in common, they’re all bloodsuckers. The differences is that Muslim passing gas out on earth and said allah akbar and watching his ass with hot water while Satan doesn’t had any of those but walk on air. The best
      Both Muslim and Satan are peace disturbances.

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