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Khartoum welcomes decision to remove Sudan from new US travel ban

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The government in Khartoum has welcomed the decision by US President Donald Trump to remove Sudan from the updated list of countries whose citizens are banned from travel to the United States. The Foreign Ministry described the decision as a positive development in bilateral relations between the two countries.

It is a natural outcome of a long and frank dialogue as well as joint efforts of many relevant institutions on both sides, said the ministry, including close cooperation on international and regional issues of common concern. It confirmed Khartoum’s determination to make more efforts with the US administration to remove any obstacles to full normalisation of relations with America.

“The state’s competent authorities are able to monitor the movement of passengers from and through Sudanese airports,” the ministry explained. Sudanese officials have the qualifications, expertise, experience, equipment and links to check the identities of passengers, exchange information and cooperate with all relevant authorities in friendly countries, it added.

The White House announced on Sunday that the Trump administration has removed Sudan from the travel ban list. Three new countries were added to the list at the same time: North Korea, Venezuela and Chad. The list bans the entry of people from five Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen — to the United States.

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