Sudan has made it clear that they do not want US troops entering their country to protect the US Embassy in Khartoum. So I pondered what Obama was going to do about it? Probably nothing. Or maybe apologize for making the offer. Or blame Bush.
Turns out nothing was right. The State Department’s position is that there is nothing to worry about because Sudan will protect the US Embassy themselves under the Vienna Convention.
The announcement Saturday follows the United States saying it was sending Marines to Sudan to bolster security at the embassy, where Sudanese police reportedly fired on protestors trying to scale the compound walls.
“Sudan is able to protect the diplomatic missions in Khartoum and the state is committed to protecting its guests in the diplomatic corps,” Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti told the state news agency SUNA, which Reuters reported Saturday.
As a result, the deployment has been delayed and possibly curtailed, said a U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to disclose details on the troop movement.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Sudan’s government "has recommitted itself both publicly and privately to continue to protect our mission," as obligated under the Vienna Convention.