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Antony Blinken Urges Progress in Sudan Before US Aid Resumes

Antony Blinken Urges Progress in Sudan Before US Aid Resumes

The US State Department announced that Secretary Anthony Blinken spoke with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and Army Commander Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, after the army restored Hamdok to his post (Sunday), following a coup last month, according to the agency Reuters news agency.

The US Secretary of State told Sudan’s army chief and prime minister that the country needed to make more “progress” before Washington resumed disbursing $700 million in suspended aid, according to Agence France-Presse.

“We must see continued progress and see Sudan return to the democratic path, and this begins with restoring the prime minister to his position, but it does not end there,” ministry spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. He added that the minister’s “message” was that “we must continue to see progress.”

In response to a question whether the US is ready to resume the financial aid that was suspended following the military coup, he replied that it depends on “what happens in the next few hours, days and weeks.”

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