United States lifts sanctions on Sudan

Saul Bowman
October 8, 2017

But on Friday, the usa administration lifted most of the sanctions, saying Khartoum had begun to address concerns about terrorism and human rights abuses.

Human rights groups have raised concerns about Washington's softening stance towards Khartoum.

"We have received praise from both the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) for our efforts in this regard", Ahmed Abu Zeid told ANA.

The Trump administration is lifting sanctions on Sudan after the African country met progress requirements on the five-track negotiations that began under President Barack Obama.

The U.S. intends to continue to improve bilateral relations with Sudan.

The negotiations required Sudan to cease internal hostilities, improve humanitarian access throughout the country, end destabilizing activity in neighboring South Sudan, build and deepen cooperation with the US on counterterrorism, and improving regional security.

According to Nauert, the U.S. action "came about through a focused, 16-month diplomatic effort to make progress with Sudan in these key areas".


But U.S. officials believe Sudan has made progress in counterterrorism since the days when Osama bin Laden lived there in the early 1990s.

But the move, however, leaves other sanctions in place, including those against persons with arrest warrants pertaining to atrocities committed during the conflict in the country's war-torn southern Darfur region.

Washington imposed economic, trade and financial restrictions on Sudan in 1997 on accusations of state support for terrorism, destabilizing neighboring states and violating human rights.

While the USA has yet to comment on the matter, Sudan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hamed Momtaz, indicated to Reuters that an agreement has been reached with the U.S. over the sanctions.

As a separate part of the deal, the Sudanese government pledged not to pursue the importation of any weapons from North Korea, the official said. According to the United Nations, since 2003 when ethnic groups rebelled against the government at least 300,000 people have been killed and over 2.5 million have been displaced.

The official also noted despite this action, Sudan will remain on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for committing crimes against humanity over the conflict in Darfur, which started in 2003 and led to the killing and rape of thousands of civilians and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of others.

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