Maybe he will be able to secure bailout funds for the NY Times while he's there.
"This is significant," a U.S. diplomatic source told Reuters. "It is the first Congressional delegation to Sudan we have had since 2007. Like the U.S. envoy's current visit, it is a new tack."
The new U.S. special envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, who is currently touring the country, made an unusually positive statement on his arrival in Khartoum last week, telling reporters he was looking for friendship and cooperation from the Sudanese government.
Gration said he had arrived "with my hands open," echoing a phrase used by President Barack Obama during his inauguration that was widely seen as an offer of greater engagement with the Islamic world.
U.S. officials said the appointment of Gration marked an attempt to find new ways to deal with the Sudanese government. Gration, a retired Air Force general who grew up in Africa, is a close ally of Obama's and reports directly to the president, they added.
The U.S. diplomatic source said Kerry, a Democrat, would lead a Congressional delegation to Darfur, and would meet senior Sudanese officials in Khartoum in the middle of next week.
The state-run Sudanese Media Center said the U.S. Congressional delegation would visit Sudan for three days next week.
(Shh! We don't call that terrorism anymore and whatever you do, don't mention the "G" word! Remember all acts of genocide, past and future are now to be referred to as 'unfortunate kitten incidents' according to the new Obama administration.)