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Sudan’s Al-Bashir thanks Saudi for role in lifting US sanctions

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on 19 May 2017 [Doyle Industries/Twitter]

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has praised Saudi Arabia’s role in lifting US economic sanctions imposed on his country.

Saudi official news agency, SPA, said President Al-Bashir telephoned King Salman bin Abdulaziz yesterday and thanked him and the Saudi government for their efforts and role in lifting the sanctions.

According to the agency, King Salman congratulated Sudan and said that he hoped the decision will contribute to the development and stability of Sudan.

Read: Lifting Sudan sanctions to yield positive but gradual effect – finance minister

On Friday, Washington announced that the economic sanctions imposed on Sudan since 1997 would be lifted because Sudan has made progress fighting terrorism and easing humanitarian distress.

The resolution did not include removing Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The decision to lift economic sanctions includes unfreezing Sudanese government assets as the country’s economy has been suffering since South Sudan separated from Khartoum in 2011.

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