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U.S. Renews Suspended Aid to Sudan

March 23, 1985|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States has resumed giving Sudan installments of foreign aid, the Reagan Administration told Congress Friday.

Mark L. Edelman of the U.S. Agency for International Development told the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa that the Administration is providing aid to Sudan from the previously suspended $120-million economic program for the fiscal year ending last September.

About $67 million is still being held back, he said, but part of the aid was released "as desperate needs came along" and as economic reforms were implemented.

Princeton Lyman, deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, told the panel that U.S. and Sudanese officials had agreed on management and policy changes to be made in 1984 and that aid payments were stopped when the Sudanese failed to meet their commitments.

"I am pleased to say that there have been some extremely encouraging discussions going on, not only between ourselves and the Sudanese, but between the Sudanese and the World Bank," Lyman said.

"Steps have been taken already to meet many of the conditions in our agreements," he added. "Other steps are being taken. We think the country is getting back on the reform path."

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