Friday 17 November, 2017
US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan emphasized Sudan's active role in bringing peace to South Sudan and on countering terrorism, stressing that the measure of the strength of the U.S. Sudanese relationship will be improvements in Sudan's respect for human rights and in particular, religious freedom. This statement came at his meeting with religious leaders, academics and civil society organizations which was hosted by the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences at Al-Neelain Mosque Hall and Ashuhada Hall.
Mr. Sullivan said that the dialogue between the two countries had begun under the former US President administration and continued until the economic sanctions were revoked; referring to the measurable progress Sudan has made in the Five Track Engagement
Plan and pointing out that the two countries will proceed on this stage of dialogue which includes removing Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
In this context, the US Chargé d'Affaires in Sudan said that this visit is to take advantage of the opportunity of what has been achieved in normalizing bilateral relations between Sudan and the US, where he expressed his thanks to the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences for the gracious hosting and hospitality.
On the other hand, in his speech, Prof. Mohamed Al-Basheer Mohamed Abd Al-Hadi, representative of the University Vice Chancellor said that this meeting was preceded by a meeting at Al-Neelain Mosque, which was visited by the US Deputy Secretary of State accompanied by Al-Neelain Mosque designer, Eng. Qamar Adawla Abd Al-Qadir Al-Tahir , Dr. Abbas Al Aa’lim, Principal of the University, Prof. Abd Allah Abd Al-Hai, Secretary for Academic Affairs, and Mr. Simsa'a Mohamed Fadhul, Director of Al-Neelain Mosque administration
On his part, Dr. Abbas Hamid Al Aa’lim, Principal of the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences, said that the university's hosting for this important event demonstrates tolerance of the people of Islam and the Qur'an, adding that 'We talk to all people as we are told by Islam'.