US names new special envoy to Sudan in push to end war

US seeks to bring increased focus to the conflict after the failure of talks so far

By REUTERS
February 27, 2024
Former diplomat and US member of Congress Tom Perriello can be seen in this image. — Facebook/Tom Perriello

WASHINGTON: The United States will appoint a new special envoy for Sudan, as Washington seeks to bring an end to a war that has wrecked parts of the country and killed tens of thousands.

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Former diplomat and US member of Congress Tom Perriello will assume the special envoy role, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement provided to Reuters ahead of the announcement, as the US seeks to bring increased focus to the conflict after the failure of talks so far.

In a statement, Perriello said he will build on efforts of partners across Africa and the Middle East to bring an end to the war, a humanitarian crisis and atrocities.“This appointment reflects the urgency and importance President Biden and Secretary Blinken have placed on ending this war, putting a stop to rampant atrocities against civilians, and preventing an already horrific humanitarian situation from becoming a catastrophic famine,” Perriello said.

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