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12/08/2019 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Recent developments in the Republic of Sudan have elicited greater hopes for the further moderation and democratization of the country under the current administration.

The Sudanese and American governments have been set against one another by various circumstances for decades. In 1993, Washington added the Republic of Sudan to their list of state sponsors of terrorism due to suspicions that al-Bashir and his government were bankrolling various Islamic terror organizations abroad. Following the diplomatic outcry, both nations broke off formal international relations.

However, after more than two decades of openly mutually-opposed relations, the United States and Sudan have finally begun to make genuine progress towards renewed relations.  Al-Bashir was finally deposed in April of this year and a civilian provisional government erected in the place of Bashir’s regime. Since then, the United States has expressed growing interest in the newly self-democratizing African nation. Only days ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the two states will reestablish diplomatic relations. This is a promising step towards democracy and will ideally mean greater religious freedom in the region in the near future.

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