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Chairman Risch Discusses Sudan’s Transition with Prime Minister Hamdok

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok about Sudan’s historic transition.

“I was glad to speak with Prime Minister Hamdok this afternoon to discuss a number of important issues, including the statutory and policy process for the United States to lift Sudan’s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation,” said Risch. “I have been in close contact with the Department of State regarding the progress made on settlement negotiations from the USS Cole and 1998 East African embassy bombings, and I will continue to engage my colleagues in the Senate so that we can we can move forward as quickly as possible on a plausible outcome.”

“We also had the opportunity to discuss the status of the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID),” continued Risch. “I continue to be concerned about the security situation in Sudan’s Darfur region and feel strongly that UNAMID can be empowered in its mission to ensure the protection of civilians by working more effectively with the government in Khartoum. The United States remains committed to supporting the Sudanese people and its civilian leadership throughout this historical transition period, and beyond.”