The State Department’s top official for political affairs met Tuesday with Sudanese Foreign Minister Asma Abdalla, urging Khartoum to take a major step in the country’s democratic transition. 

David Hale “highlighted the importance of completing the formation of the transitional government by establishing the Transitional Legislative Council,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

Hale and Abdalla further discussed “the need to continue implementing domestic economic reforms,” and ongoing peace talks with armed groups, Ortagus added.

The U.S. and Sudan announced last month that they would be exchanging ambassadors for the first time in 23 years.


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