- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new U.S. special envoy to Sudan is a retired Air Force major-general and an old friend of President Barack Obama.

In a statement released Wednesday by the White House, Obama praises J. Scott Gration (GRAY-shun), as both a military leader and a humanitarian.

Noting that Gration accompanied him on visits to refugee camps in Chad, Obama says “he knows the region, has broad experience, and has my complete confidence.”

Obama also says that Sudan is a priority for his administration.

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