Sudan sanctions to be lifted by United States today

Sudan sanctions to be lifted by United States today

Sudan sanctions to be lifted by United States today

Sudan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hamed Momtaz told Reuters on Wednesday in Khartoum: "Sudan has fulfilled all the necessary conditions relating to the roadmap, and the USA administration is a witness to that and therefore we expect the sanctions to be lifted". Officials in Sudan say that since the September 11, 2001, attacks, the Sudanese have been cooperating with US intelligence.

Cairo has repeatedly denied claims that it supported a continuation of sanctions, despite mounting tensions between Egypt and Sudan this year, with media outlets in both countries exchanging attacks.

But U.S. officials believe Sudan has made progress in counterterrorism since the days when Osama bin Laden lived there in the early 1990s.

In a written statement published late Friday, Sudanese Foreign Ministry said the leadership, government and people welcome the permanent lift of the economic sanctions.

Many US officials also announced in July their concerns over Sudan's suspected ties to North Korea.

Yet Sudan is expected to stay on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism, until a separate review determines whether it can be removed.

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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.

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

The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for President al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 on charges of war crimes and genocide in his drive to crush the Darfur revolt.

Two weeks ago, Sudan welcomed the U.S.' decision to remove it from the list of countries whose citizens are banned from entering the U.S. 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.

Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the US State Department, said in a statement that the decision followed "a focused, 16-month diplomatic effort to make progress with Sudan". A further round of sanctions was put in place in 2006 in response to Sudanese forces' actions in the troubled Darfur region.

The official also noted despite this action, Sudan will remain on the USA list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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