Sudan has rejected an offer by the United States to send Marines to increase security at the U.S. embassy in Khartoum, where violent protesters have clashed with police.

The announcement Saturday follows earlier reports that the United States wanted to send the Marines to bolster security at the embassy amid heavy protests and demonstrations, according to Reuters.

“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


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