State Department to Lift Sanctions on State Sponsor of Terrorism Sudan

Women and children line up for water at a refugee camp in South Sudan on 31 October 2012

The exchange rate of the U.S dollar price has witnessed large fluctuations on the black market hours after Washington's decision to fully lift the economic sanctions on Sudan.

Human rights groups see the decision to remove sanctions as premature.

"We have received praise from both the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) for our efforts in this regard", Ahmed Abu Zeid told ANA.

Official news agency SUNA quoted a foreign ministry statement welcoming the decision: "The leaders of Sudan, the government of Sudan and the people of Sudan welcome the positive decision taken by American President Donald Trump of removing the economic sanctions completely". The U.S. has been calling on Sudan to expand humanitarian access, improve human rights, cooperate on counterterrorism and reinforce a cease-fire in conflict areas. Sudan was the only country that was removed.

The Sudanese government has also been on Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993, when the country briefly provided safe harbor for Osama Bin Laden and his then-nascent al-Qaeda.

The Sudanese government said on Wednesday that "it has fulfilled all the necessary conditions relating to the roadmap", stressing that "the U.S. administration is a witness to that and therefore we expect the sanctions to be lifted".

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The United States will revoke a range of economic sanctions it had imposed on Sudan effective on October 12, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters on Friday.

Sudan was one of the countries on Trump's temporary travel ban in January, but it came off the list when his administration issued its new set of travel restrictions last month.

According to a second administration official, who also briefed reporters on the policy change, Sudan has pledged not to pursue arms deals with Pyongyang going forward.

Sanctions on Sudan were temporarily eased under the presidency of Barack Obama. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court to face genocide charges related to the Darfur conflict. 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.

The US state department announced its decision to revoke the penalising measures - in place since 1997 - on Friday.

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