US envoy in Sudan forced to resign after accepting Islam

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 Stafford in green scarf. Source: World Bulletin

In what could be a smack on the face for the freedom of conscience in the United States of America, a US charge d’ affaires  in Sudan Joseph D Stafford has reportedly been forced to resign after embracing Islam, Sudanese local media reports.

Stafford who published an article in the Sudan Tribune immediately after he resigned said that, “My wife and I have been very fortunate to meet so many wonderful people throughout Sudan who share a strong desire and willingness to improve their communities. We will always remember you and your compelling country, and I know you will continue your hard work for a better life, just as you say daily ‘Fi Kulu Harakah Baraka’ (Arabic for ‘in every move there is a blessing’).”

In his resignation letter, Stafford told the foreign ministry that he had resigned for “personal reasons”, which the Sudanese local media sources disputed.

The U.S. State Department has not made any statement to confirm or deny the news on Joseph Stafford’s resignation.