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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

U.S. to Remove Sudan from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

United States President Donald Trump announced last October 19 that he plans to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List after the Sudan government agreed to pay compensation to “U.S. terror victims and families.”

United States President Donald Trump announced last October 19 that he plans to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List after the Sudan government agreed to pay compensation to “U.S. terror victims and families.”

“New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 million to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list,” Trump announced on Twitter.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok thanked Trump on Twitter and said, “We very much look forward to your official notification to Congress rescinding the designation of Sudan as a state-sponsor of terrorism, which has cost Sudan too much.”

The U.S. added Sudan to the list in 1993 when U.S. authorities concluded that former Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was supporting militant groups identified as terrorists.

Hamdok added that the plan for the removal was the “strongest support to Sudan’s transition to democracy and to the Sudanese people.”

“As we’re about to get rid of the heaviest legacy of Sudan’s previous, defunct regime, I should reiterate that we are peace-loving people and have never supported terrorism,” Hamdok said in a tweet.

Sudan’s transitional government has been in power since August 2019, months after al-Bashir was ousted.

However, the U.S. Congress has to receive a formal notification from Trump, then it will take 45 days to process and decide the removal.

The three countries that remain on the list are Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

The announcement comes before the U.S. presidential election on November to which Trump is running for a second term.

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