Portuguese / Spanish / English

Middle East Near You

US: Sudan’s removal from list of terrorism sponsors will take time

A group of people stage a demonstration call for the disbanding of Sudan's former ruling National Congress Party (NCP), which was headed by ousted President Omar al-Bashir, on 21 October, 2019 in Khartoum, Sudan [Mahmoud Hajaj/Anadolu Agency]
A group of people stage a demonstration call for the disbanding of Sudan's former ruling National Congress Party (NCP), which was headed by ousted President Omar Al-Bashir, on 21 October, 2019 in Khartoum, Sudan [Mahmoud Hajaj/Anadolu Agency]

The United States no longer has an adversarial relationship with the Sudanese government and is working with its counterparts on the possibility of removing it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior State Department official said on Friday, according to a Reuters report. This change in relationship is a result of regime change in the African nation.

But Tibor Nagy, assistant secretary for African affairs, cautioned that doing so was a process with conditions.

“It’s not an event, it’s not flipping a light switch. It’s a process and we are heavily, continuously engaged with our Sudanese interlocutors on how we can go about doing that,” he told reporters in a briefing.

Asked if the United States was committing to lifting sanctions, Nagy said “No” but added: “There are conditions to such an event. Everybody is hoping that it will happen, everybody is hoping that it happens as quickly as possible, we all understand the hardships that it is causing, he said.

Two weeks ago, the US’ Chargé d’Affaires in Sudan, Brian Shukan, indicated that the process was underway.

The US government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that then-President Omar al-Bashir’s government was supporting terrorist groups. The designation makes Sudan technically ineligible for debt relief and financing from the IMF and World Bank. Congress needs to approve a removal.

Months of demonstrations over price hikes for fuel and bread and cash shortages led to an uprising against Bashir, who was toppled by the military in April. A civilian transitional government was formed in August and it agreed with the United States that it could start engaging with international institutions while still on a list of countries deemed sponsors of terrorism.

READ: Trump’s refusal to remove Sudan from terror list may force interim government to make tough decisions

Categories
AfricaAsia & AmericasNewsSudanUS
Show Comments
Show Comments