04/20/2021

AFRICOM arrives in Sudan for the first time since its formation

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USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) has arrived in Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast. The visit by a US Navy ship to Sudan is the first in decades and the first since the African Armed Forces Command (AFRICOM) was founded.

According to Andrew Young, AFRICOM’s deputy commander for civil-military cooperation, the Carson City call at the Sudanese port came at a time of “fundamental change” in relations between Khartoum and Washington. This has been possible thanks to the efforts of the country’s new government, which is charting a “bold new course” and seeking to move away from the legacy of the Omar al-Bashir regime, which was ousted in 2019 after 26 years of rule. .

In early February, local media reported on the upcoming visit of the United States Navy on February 6 and 8. However, it only took place today.