Salam Sudan Foundation (SSF) and International Peace Quest Institute (IPQI) Present: President Obama, Change and the Quest For Peace in Sudan

May 22, 2009


Sudan is a priority for this Administration, particularly at a time when it cries out for peace and for justice. As we work to bring peace to Darfur, we will continue to work with both parties to Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement to ensure its full implementation. All parties must see this through if Sudan and the surrounding region are to enjoy lasting stability.” — President Obama, March 18, 2009.

WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Salam Sudan Foundation (SSF) and the International Peace Quest Institute (IPQI), in collaboration with its Sudan office in Khartoum, launched its BRIDGES 21 U.S.-Sudanese Citizen Diplomacy Program in April 2009, by organizing a fact-finding trip to Sudan for four American scholars and a Sudanese. The purpose of this trip was to promote dialogues for understanding, the core of our mission since 1985.

This SSF-IPQI event will deepen the conversation on Sudan through the voices of the scholars of its Bridges 21 Initiative. The trip was from 2-11 April 2009 and led by Professor Sulayman Nyang of the African Studies Department at Howard University, and Co-Chair of SSF-IPQI.

This SSF-IPQI Bridges 21 Initiative is in concurrence with a review of U.S.-Sudanese relations implemented by the new Obama Administration, and its plan to organize a high level meeting of Sudanese leaders on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and Darfur in Washington in June 2009. It marks a coronation of SSF-IPQI’s grassroots work since its establishment in Paris, France in 1985 and its relocation to America in 1998.

The SSF-IPQI Bridges 21 Initiative marks the beginning of a new, sustained citizen diplomacy and people-to-people approach that will help bridge the gap of understanding through genuine engagement and dialogue, leading to the normalization of Sudanese-American relations for the mutual strategic interests and benefits of both the American and the Sudanese people, starting with the people of Darfur.

SOURCE Salam Sudan Foundation

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