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United States will lift some sanctions on Sudan

08 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Sudan has hailed the lifting of sanction and said it is a positive decision.

In a move that completes a process begun by former President Barack Obama at the end of his tenure and which was opposed by human rights groups, President Donald Trump removed a USA trade embargo and other penalties that had effectively cut Sudan off from much of the global financial system.

The government in Khartoum has also been seen by the U.S. to improve humanitarian access to former conflict zones and ended its attempts to destabilize South Sudan, which gained independence in July 2011.

The July delay infuriated al-Bashir's government, which immediately announced it was freezing negotiations with the United States in retaliation.

"Sudan regards it as a positive development in the history of the Sudanese-U.S. relations and a natural outcome of a frank, transparent and constructive dialogue that reviewed all concerns between the two countries", it added.

The government of Sudan is still required to make progress in the areas of humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism activities, the official said.

But the spokeswoman said much more progress is needed to fully and sustainably achieve peace in Sudan and to cooperate with the United States on a range of administration priorities, including further expanding humanitarian access, improving human rights practices, and ensuring that Sudan is committed to the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.




Officials also said they asked for and got a commitment from Sudan not to purchase arms from Pyongyang.

"The lifting of sanctions is a very important step", a State Department official told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Shortly before leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama temporarily eased penalties against the east African nation.

The potential move would mark a huge turn in relations between the U.S. and Sudan, which first had sanctions imposed on it by Washington in 1997.

Bashir, who has ruled Sudan since 1989, is accused by the ourt of committing genocide in Darfur. The sanctions were later reinforced due to the civil conflict in the Darfur area.

Sudan insists that there is "no reason" for it to be blacklisted, as it has cooperated with US intelligence agencies in fighting "terrorism" - a claim acknowledged by the US State Department.

"Sudan looks forward to building normal relations with the United States", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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