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Mark Green, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, met with Sudan’s Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh and Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. During this meeting, Mr. Green said that he was given assurances by the Sudanese, that they will protect the religious rights of all people in Sudan. This, however, comes only a week after pastors in Omdurman were evicted from their houses and arrested for failing to allow the government to take over their churches. These promises follow shortly before the U.S. is supposed to decide whether or not to permanently lift the 20 year old sanctions on Sudan. They are very motivated to say or do whatever it takes to have the sanctions lifted, but the problem is that they will likely not follow through after they get what they want. They have proven for years that their citizens’ rights and lives mean nothing and that they are truly wish to rid their country of all Christianity. 

 

2017-08-30 Sudan (WashingtonPost) After he met with Christian leaders and attorneys, the Trump administration’s head of humanitarian aid on Tuesday urged Sudan’s government to improve protections for religious minorities and human rights.

Mark Green, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, said he had received “assurances” on religious protections from the government in the overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country, though he offered no details of his discussions on the issue with Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh and Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour.

“This is a conversation that will take place,” he told reporters after meeting with Bakri and Ghandour, “ … to prepare ourselves for a decision coming in early October.”

But Green insisted talks on religious freedoms and human rights are not linked to conditions the United States demands Sudan meet before an Oct. 12 deadline for deciding whether to permanently lift decades-old sanctions against the country. President Barack Obama outlined the conditions when he temporarily suspended sanctions in January. They include more humanitarian access, cooperation on counter terrorism, and steps to address domestic conflicts peacefully. 

 

 

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