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Soudan-USA : Washington plans to remove Sudan from list of states supporting terrorism

The United States said it was ready on Wednesday to "launch the process" to remove Sudan from its black list of states that support terrorism, provided that the country continues its democratic reforms.

“The United States welcomes Sudan’s commitment to make progress on key issues”, such as “counterterrorism cooperation”, respect for human rights and religious freedoms and the press, or ” “humanitarian access,” said spokeswoman for the US State Department Heather Nauert in a statement.

US Assistant Secretary of State John Sullivan discussed these topics in Washington on Tuesday with Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiry Ahmed. The two countries plan to expand their bilateral cooperation and “facilitate meaningful reforms to strengthen the stability of Sudan and make further progress” on all these issues, the spokeswoman said.

If this progress is noticed, the removal of the blacklist could then become a reality
Washington had put Sudan on its list of states supporting terrorism in 1993 accusing it of supporting extremist Islamist groups. Al Qaeda’s founder, Osama Bin Laden, had lived in the country between 1992 and 1996.

In recent months, relations have warmed significantly between the two countries.

In October 2017, the United States had already lifted sanctions, raising hopes of economic recovery in this great country of Africa. But the blacklisting is seen by many economic actors as a brake on development because it does not encourage banks and international institutions to guarantee commercial transactions with Sudan, nor investors to engage.

Article Source: AFP.

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