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Sudan appoints former spy chief as top envoy to US

AFP  |  Khartoum 

has appointed Sudan's former as Khartoum's top to Washington, reported, in a bid to boost bilateral relations that have improved since last year.

Mohamed Atta, who formerly headed the country's powerful and (NISS), has been appointed as Khartoum's new charge d'affaires to Washington, the official agency reported yesterday.

"Bashir has asked me to work hard to improve relations between the two countries," quoted Atta as saying after he met Bashir.

Atta's appointment comes at a time when relations between and have entered into a new phase after last year's lifting of decades old US sanctions on

Although the sanctions were lifted, kept the East African country in its "state sponsors of terrorism" list along with North Korea, and

US and Sudanese officials are now engaged in discussions on how to remove from the blacklist, and Atta is expected to play a crucial role in these negotiations.

On July 4, US Charge D'Affaires in Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, vowed to work with to remove it from the US "terrorism" blacklist.

"I pledge to you that this embassy will work with all its and focus to create the conditions for Sudan's removal from the list," he said at a ceremony marking the July 4 celebration at the US mission in

Atta had previously travelled to when he was of NISS and had been part of Khartoum's team that negotiated the lifting of trade embargo.

The US had imposed sanctions on Khartoum in 1997 over its alleged support to Islamist militants. founder lived in between 1992 to 1996.

In February, Bashir had removed Atta from his post as of NISS.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 06:00 IST