Hamdok meets USAID Exec. Samantha Power

Sudanese government studies ways to employ proposed $700 million in US aid to Sudan

On Sunday, Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok discussed with US delegation led by the Executive Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, the employment of a proposed $700 million US aid for Sudan, which will be directed towards the government’s development priorities.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The meeting dealt with the issue of development and humanitarian cooperation and its transfer from the phase of aid to the phase of comprehensive cooperation, which is in the interest of the two countries.

Hamdok briefed USAID executive Samantha Power and accompanying delegation on his initiative “National Crisis and Transition Issues – The Way Forward”, and thanked the US government and people for their support at this critical stage.

The meeting, which was held at the Council of Ministers, was attended by Minister of Cabinet Affairs Khaled Omar Youssef, Minister of Foreign Affairs Maryam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Jibril Ibrahim, next to the Chargé d’Affairs of the US Embassy in Sudan, Brian Shawkan.

For her part, Power indicated that she sensed change and hope in the Sudanese street, despite the economic conditions the country is going through.

The US official described, in a press conference in Khartoum, the change in Sudan as nothing short of a miracle, and said that the Biden administration supports the realization of this miracle.

Power also explained that she “understands the Sudanese people’s aspiration for quick solutions to the many problems they suffer from.”

“This is definitely something that requires effort, resources and time,” she said.

 “The US administration will move forward with its development partnership with Sudan and provide everything possible to help the transitional government accomplish its tasks, which it had described as complex and grave,” she added.

American support

On Saturday, Power announced from Darfur her country’s support for the establishment of a democratic, civilian-led system in Sudan.

Power had begun her visit to Sudan with a visit to the capital of the Darfur region, the city of El Fasher, west of the country.

While there, The USAID Executive Director held talks with the Governor of North Darfur, Nimr Muhammad Abdel Rahman, about the latest developments in the state.

Power summarized her country’s priorities for Sudan during the current period as humanitarian aid, support for democratic transition, contribution to capacity building, reform and development of institutions, and implementation of transitional justice processes and institutions, inclusive of societal reconciliations and accountability for perpetrators of crimes in the civil war and during the popular revolution.

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