Germany's foreign minister in Sudan to talk economy, peace

German foreign minister arrives in Sudan in first such visit by top German diplomat since 2011

CAIRO -- The Sudanese state-run news agency says the German foreign minister has arrived in Sudan in the first such visit to the African country by a top German diplomat since 2011.

SUNA's report says Heiko Maas landed in the capital, Khartoum, on Tuesday.

It says the visit is part of Germany's efforts to help overhaul Sudan's battered economy and reach peace with armed groups, which remain among the top challenges facing the country's new administration.

Maas will meet with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the newly-appointed Sovereign Council and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The visit comes two weeks after the formation of a power-sharing government by the pro-democracy movement and the generals who overthrew the country's longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir after months of mass protests against his rule.