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US conditions resuming aid to Sudan on further democratic advance

The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, conditioned the resumption of aid to Sudan of 700 million dollars to a greater democratic progress, when speaking by telephone with the leaders of that African country.

“This is the first step, not the last step,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, describing the Blinken talks following the restoration of Sudan’s civil prime minister, Abdullah Hamdok, a month after a coup.

Price indicated that the decision to resume assistance will be based “entirely on what happens in the next few hours and the next days and the next few weeks.”

Blinken, who on Sunday said he was “encouraged” by the weekend deal in Sudan that returned Hamdok to power, spoke separately with both General Abdel Fattah al Burhan and the prime minister.

“That was essentially his message: we must continue to see progress … we must continue to see Sudan return to the democratic path,” Price said.

Sudan established a fragile power-sharing agreement between the military and civilians after the 2019 ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir, with elections scheduled for 2024.

The United States sought to support the transition through a $ 700 million aid package, which it suspended when Burhan toppled Hamdok and later appointed new members to the governing council.

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