Playing Many Sides, Sudan’s Bashir Tries Again to End His Isolation

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir walks with South Sudan President Salva Kiir on arrival in Khartoum, Nov. 4, 2014 (AP photo by Abd Raouf).
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir walks with South Sudan President Salva Kiir on arrival in Khartoum, Nov. 4, 2014 (AP photo by Abd Raouf).

Last month, Ibrahim Ghandour, the chief assistant to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and the country’s foreign minister, Ali Karti, were both in Washington, the highest-level visit to the United States by Sudanese officials in decades. Their aim was to persuade the U.S. to lift financial sanctions and help ease relief of the country’s crippling $40 billion external debt. They won a gesture, as U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration relaxed communications sanctions to allow the export of smartphones, computers, radios and other devices to Sudan. Normalization of relations with Washington is Khartoum’s enduring foreign policy challenge. It has eluded Bashir since […]

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