WASHINGTON — The United States said Friday that it is encouraged by Sudanese efforts to improve security in Khartoum following an official U.S. warning that terrorists posed a threat to Americans there.
The assessment came as a senior official, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Chester A. Crocker, planned to visit Khartoum for talks with government officials Monday.
"His trip underlines the importance we attach to the maintenance of viable relations with Sudan," State Department spokesman Charles Redman told reporters.
Redman said the State Department is "encouraged by progress" on the security climate in the capital.
Angola Talks Expected
Crocker is at present in Cairo. Redman said Crocker is also expected to have talks with Angolan officials shortly.
In an official notice last November, the State Department advised Americans to avoid the Sudanese capital because of "the presence in Khartoum of known terrorists, and possible threats to U.S. interests."