WASHINGTON – The United States decided on Friday to lift the package of economic sanctions imposed on Sudan 20 years ago, due to the positive action of the Khartoum government that has led to ending of hostilities in some regions of the country and to an improvement in the humanitarian situation, Washington said.
“Today, the United States decided to revoke economic sanctions with respect to Sudan... in recognition of the Government of Sudan’s sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas in Sudan,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
US President Donald Trump announced last July that he would establish an observation period of three months to see if that would be his decision, after his predecessor, Barack Obama, decided to temporarily lift some of the sanctions.
In August, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Gandur said his country hoped to recover bilateral relations with Washington, frozen since 1997 when then-President Bill Clinton included the African country on the list of nations sponsoring terrorism.
In 2006, the list of sanctions was expanded due to the violence raging in the Darfur region.
Trump indicated that he might decide to end the sanctions last Sept. 25 when he chose to remove Sudan from the controversial list of countries with a Muslim majority, on which he had imposed a travel ban a few days after his swearing-in as president.
Despite the sanctions being lifted, Nauert did not hesitate to say that “any further normalization of ties will require continued progress by the Government of Sudan.”
On the list of required actions, the spokeswoman said the Sudanese government must “improve humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintain cooperation with the United States on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism,” while it must also show its commitment to the application of UN sanctions against North Korea.