A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Sudan


The United States recognized the Republic of Sudan in 1956.

Modern Flag of Sudan

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U.S. Recognition of Sudanese Independence, 1956.

The United States recognized the Republic of Sudan on January 1, 1956, in a letter to that effect delivered by Arthur Beach, the U.S. Liaison Officer in Khartoum, to the President of the Supreme Commission of Sudan, Abdel Fattah Mohammed del Maghrabi. Sudan previously had been subject to foreign control under an Anglo-Egyptian condominium

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the American Embassy in Sudan, 1956.

Diplomatic relations were established on February 15, 1956, when the United States Liaison Office at Khartoum was elevated to Embassy status, with Arthur E. Beach as Chargé d'Affaires.

Closure of American Embassy, 1967.

The American Embassy in Khartoum was closed on June 6, 1967, after demonstrations and rock-throwing at the embassy following the outbreak of the Arab-Israeli war.

Diplomatic Relations Severed by Sudan, 1967.

Sudan severed diplomatic relations with the United States on June 7, 1967, in the wake of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Establishment of U.S. Interests Section, 1967.

A U.S. Interests Sections was established in the Netherlands Embassy at Khartoum on August 14, 1967.

Re-establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the American Embassy, 1972.

Diplomatic relations were re-established when the American Embassy in Khartoum was re-opened on July 25, 1972, with George C. Moore as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Assassination of American Ambassador, 1973.

Ambassador Cleo A. Noel, Jr. was assassinated at post on March 2, 1973.

Closure of American Embassy, 1996.

Embassy Khartoum was closed on February 7, 1996, although Ambassador Carney remained at Nairobi until November 30, 1997.

Re-opening of American Embassy, 2002.

Embassy Khartoum was reopened on May 23, 2002, with Jeffrey Millington as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.


  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Sudan
  • Department of State Country Information: Sudan