American Cultural Center reopens in Sudan

The United States and Sudan have opened a new chapter in their relationship after more than a decade of estrangement. The United States Embassy in Sudan has announced the reopening of cultural centers in three regions of the North African country.

In addition, the American administration has announced its direct support for the democratic transition in Sudan. This comes despite Washington’s opposition to the military seizing power in Sudan and overthrowing the transitional civilian government there.

During a press conference on Monday at the embassy headquarters in Khartoum, the American cultural liaison officer announced the inauguration of the American Center.

The Center will open branches at the Embassy headquarters, at the University of Khartoum and in the city of Port Sudan.

It has a variety of resources all available to the public at no cost. They include a collection of up-to-date books, magazines and films, as well as internet and printing services.

“The Center aims to provide cultural services to the Sudanese people. It includes a traditional and digital library that offers practical periodicals and major American newspapers. In addition to showing films, the Center provides classes and organizes English-language seminars,” said the director of the American Center in Sudan Mujahid Moussa.

He noted that the Center seeks to restore full cultural exchange between the United States and Sudan.

Washington had boasted of a major cultural center in central Khartoum, but it was closed after US-Sudan relations deteriorated under ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

According to experts, the reopening of the Center is an important development in relations between Washington and Khartoum.

They considered it a step that paves the way for others, which are supposed to accompany the democratic transition in the country.

Khartoum is home to several Western and regional cultural centers, including the French Cultural Center, the British Council and the German Goethe Institute.

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