A senior official from the US State Department is traveling to Sudan to offer support for initiatives aimed at solving the political crisis following last year’s military takeover. During a five-day visit, Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee is expected to discuss ways to restore peace and economic stability as well as Sudan’s possible transition to democracy. The State Department says Ms. Phee will urge Sudan to seize the opportunity offered by the process facilitated by the African Union, the UN, and the East African regional grouping.