U.S. welcomes good interaction between Chad, Sudan

13:59, October 19, 2009      

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The Obama administration on Sunday welcomed recent talks between the governments of Chad and Sudan, urging the two countries to take "meaningful and concrete steps" to promote regional security.

A delegation led by Ghazi Salahadin, special advisor to Sudanese President, recently visited the Chadian capital of N'Djamena and held talks with President Idriss Deby Itno and Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat.

"We hope that this meeting and the projected follow-on visit of a Chadian delegation led by Minister Faki to Khartoum will facilitate the normalization of their bilateral relations and contribute to peace and stability in the region," said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly in a statement.

"To this end, we encourage Sudan and Chad to take meaningful and concrete steps to cease support for rebels operating on both sides of the Chad-Sudan border," said the spokesman.

"The United States remains committed to working with all parties to reach a resolution of the conflict in Darfur, to relieve the humanitarian suffering in both Darfur and eastern Chad, and to restore peace in the region," he said.

The Sudan-Chad relations have been intense due to the conflict in Darfur and a civil war in Chad, which both governments accuse the other of supporting.

The Darfur conflict has left hundreds of thousands people dead since it began in February 2003. Some 250,000 people fled into neighboring Chad for refuge.

According to the U.S. State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce the Obama administration's Sudan strategy on Monday morning.

Source: Xinhua
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