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Sudan calls for its removal from US list of country sponsors of terrorism

Protesters demonstrate against the US sanctions on Sudan on 19 September 2017 [#jomo~I.M.J/Twitter]
Protesters demonstrate against the US sanctions on Sudan on 19 September 2017 [#jomo~I.M.J/Twitter]

Sudan has called on the United States to remove it from the list of state sponsors of terrorism to allow banks and financial institutions to deal with Sudan and facilitate financial transfers.

This came during a meeting held yesterday between the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Asma Mohamed Abdullah, and Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing U.S. Department of the Treasury, Marshall Billingslea, in the capital, Khartoum.

During the meeting, Abdullah briefed Billingslea about the economic situation in the country and the measures taken by the government to alleviate the daily suffering of the Sudanese people.

She also briefed him on the negotiations between the Sudanese government and armed movements in the state of South Sudan.

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For his part, the US official praised the positive changes made in Sudan, valuing Khartoum's role in combating terrorism. He also noted that the US government has already lifted the economic sanctions imposed on Sudan.

In a separate meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok held on Sunday, Billingslea said it is only a matter of time before Sudan is removed from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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