U.S. confirms end of sanctions against Sudan

by Antonio Miles October 8, 2017, 0:40
U.S. confirms end of sanctions against Sudan

Sudan has hailed the lifting of sanction and said it is a positive decision.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said at the time that he saw the easing of the sanctions as "a right" and that Sudan would reject any other decision.

According to CNN, "The move follows 16 months of diplomatic negotiations, initiated under former US President Barack Obama and continued under President Donald Trump, who signed off on the sanctions relief".

The Sudanese pound has lost 100% of its value since South Sudan's secession in 2011, pushing inflation rates to record levels given that the East African nation imports most of its food. Sudan was the only country to be removed from the new list, which also added restrictions on several additional countries.

The government of Sudan is still required to make progress in the areas of humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism activities, the official said.

"It sends the wrong message to lift these sanctions permanently when Sudan has made so little progress on human rights", said Andrea Prasow, deputy director of the Washington office of Human Rights Watch.

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"Sudan has fulfilled all the necessary conditions relating to the roadmap, and the U.S. administration is a witness to that and therefore we expect the sanctions to be lifted", Momtaz was quoted as saying.

The Trump administration also secured a commitment from Sudan that it would "not pursue an arms deals" with North Korea, an official said.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry welcomed on Saturday a USA decision to end 20-year trade embargo against Sudan, the ministry said in a statement.

Washington first imposed sanctions on Sudan in 1997 for alleged links to terrorism.

"The lifting of sanctions is a very important step", a State Department official told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. 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.

Egypt praised Saturday a United States decision to lift sanctions imposed on Sudan for almost two decades, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read. In 2016 rights group Amnesty International accused government forces of killing scores of civilians in at least 30 suspected chemical weapons attacks in a remote area of the country's Darfur region.


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