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Diplomacy in Action

Meeting at the Headquarters of the National Congress Party in Khartoum

J. Scott Gration
Special Envoy for Sudan 
Khartoum, Sudan
April 8, 2009



I learned a long time ago that if you keep doing what you’ve done, you’re going to get what you’ve got. And in this situation, I don’t believe we have something that’s serving our countries well. So what I’ve come to Sudan for is to get my own view of the situation. Not only the historical situation, but the situation that’s right now. And then to work together to learn how our governments can move forward to resolve these issues that are bothersome to both of us. We have to come up with a solution to the humanitarian situation in Darfur. And with that, we have to come up with a security solution. And to the degree that we can help create that environment, we are ready to help in any way we can.


So today we talked about ways that we can work together. We talked about building that trust, that relationship. Things that both countries have to do to move forward. And I’m very encouraged to have a new friend, to have someone who we can work with. And I believe that there is hope – and there is a chance – so we don’t have to continue to do what we’ve done and get what we’ve got, but we can do something new and get something better. Thank you.


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