U.S. Rescinds Sudan’s Designation As State Sponsor Of Terrorism

The United States on Monday formally rescinded Sudan’s status as a state sponsor of terrorism, removing the biggest barrier to Sudan’s access to international lending institutions and economic development.

“Today, Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism is officially rescinded.  This represents a fundamental change in our bilateral relationship toward greater collaboration and support for Sudan’s historic democratic transition.  This achievement was made possible by the efforts of Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government to chart a bold new course away from the legacy of the Bashir regime and, in particular, to meet the statutory and policy criteria for rescission” a statement by the Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo as said.

“We commend the calls of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace, and justice, and we congratulate the members of the civilian-led transitional government for their courage in advancing the aspirations of the citizens they serve”.

Sudan was designated as a state sponsor of terror in 1993 in part for its support of militant Palestinian organizations such as Hamas, as well as for harboring al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Less than two years ago, a popular protest movement led to the ouster of Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for three decades and whose policies often antagonized the United States and Israel.

“Today we return to the international community with all our history, the civilization of our people, the greatness of our country and the vigor of our revolution,” tweeted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, he added that the move would help reform the economy, create jobs and attract investment.
North Korea, Iran and Syria continue to be designated as state sponsors of terror by the U.S. State Department, which precludes them from receiving American aid or defense deals, as well as engaging with U.S.-dominated lending institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

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