President Obama getting daily briefings on Sudan

AP News
Posted: Oct 22, 2010 11:10 AM
President Obama getting daily briefings on Sudan

Despite a host of political woes and elections in less than two weeks, the Obama administration says it is making Sudan a priority.

Administration officials said in a briefing Friday that the White House is holding at least three meetings a week on Sudan as it tries to avoid a new outbreak of violence. Sudan is just 79 days away from a promised referendum that could split the country in two.

A senior foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama, Samantha Power, says the president is also getting daily briefings on the situation that many fear could precipitate a new war.

Power said: "This is a rare case in which, the United States and other international players are teaming up to shine a spotlight on events on the ground proactively ahead of an event."