US seeks progress before resuming aid to Sudan

The United States has urged Sudan to make more progress before it resumes $700 million in emergency assistance it had halted following October’s military coup that ousted the civilian-led contingent of the government, the State Department said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday held separate talks with Sudan’s army chief and coup leader, Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, and Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, a day after Sudan’s military leaders accepted a deal to reinstate Hamdok as prime minister.

Under the new deal, Hamdok will return to lead a technocratic government for a “transitional period” until elections can be held.