LONDON (AP) _ Britain and Sudan will allow diplomatic staff to return to embassies in London and Khartoum, a step toward restoring diplomatic relations, both countries said Friday.

Sudan had demanded in August that Britain withdraw its ambassador because of British support for the U.S. bombing of a chemical plant in Sudan on Aug. 20. Sudan withdrew its ambassador from London at the same time.

The United States, which launched the attack in retaliation for bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, said the plant was making chemicals for nerve gas. Sudan said the plant made medicines.

``We are pleased to announce that we have agreed to the return of British and Sudanese staff to Khartoum and London, to carry out the work necessary for a full normalization of relations,'' the governments said in a joint statement.