Sudan president thanks King for efforts to lift U.S. curbs

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He did not provide any details on the identity of the abducted person or the circumstances of his abduction.

No comment on this pick-up could not be obtained in the immediate future with the sudanese authorities.

"She is not a United Nations staff member, but she has long collaborated with the United Nations on a number of initiatives". But social media reports indicated she had been working for a Swiss non-governmental organisation providing aid to children, and that she was abducted in the North Darfur capital of El-Fashir.

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The U.S. move came in line with the positive measures taken by the Sudanese government to stop hostilities in all conflict areas, improve the delivery and access of humanitarian aid as well as to cooperate with Washington to resolve regional conflicts and counter terrorism, Afifi added.

The kidnapping, the first such reported incident since the United Nations began to reduce its troop numbers in Darfur, comes just days after Washington lifted a 20-year-old trade embargo on Khartoum.

The decision to extend the ceasefire comes two days after the lift of economic sanctions on Sudan by the USA administration which facilitates peace talks with the rebel groups in southern and western parts of the country.

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The conflict in Darfur began in 2003 when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against Sudan's Arab-led government.

At the end of June, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that should reduce the number of joint UN-African Union peacekeepers in Darfur (UNAMID) by 30% due to reduced conflict levels.

Meanwhile, the Arab League (AL) spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said the AL also welcomed the decision that lifted the long-time economic sanctions imposed on Sudan in 1997 and 2006. This conflict has left almost 300,000 dead and 2.5 million people have been displaced, according to the UN.

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