Egypt welcomes end of U.S. sanctions on Sudan

Egypt welcomes end of U.S. sanctions on Sudan

Egypt welcomes end of U.S. sanctions on Sudan

The sanctions relief also was part of a push to enlist more countries in an effort to isolate North Korea diplomatically.

Shortly before leaving office in January 2017, former President Barack Obama initiated a partial lifting of sanctions on Sudan.

However, the partial lifting of sanctions did not remove Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.

U.S. officials cited improvements by the country's government in the areas of counter-terrorism and access to humanitarian aid as reasons for lifting the sanctions.

"Any further normalization of ties will require continued progress by the Government of Sudan", State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Friday. President George W. Bush added yet more sanctions in 2006 in response to Sudanese government militias' actions in the Darfur region, where the worldwide community roundly condemned widespread crimes against humanity.

"Punishing an terrible government may be justified and morally satisfying, but for two decades it hasn't done much good", said Zach Vertin, who helped forge the new Sudan policy during the Obama administration.

Still, the USA has sought to strengthen Sudan's ability to address profound security challenges in a hard region in which many of its neighbors are deeply unstable. However, his point of view was not followed by the officials in Washington because they prioritise for the time being Sudan cooperation on security matters an regional stability. Washington did not drop Sudan from its blacklist of state terror sponsors nor end its support for the global war crimes indictment targeting President Omar al-Bashir. However, Yasir Arman, the SPLM-N Agar Secretary-General issued a statement saying the lift of sanction would not benefit to the Sudanese people under the "corrupt" regime of President Omer al-Bashir. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges for allegedly orchestrating a mass killing in Darfur.

Then in July, U.S. President Donald Trump chose to delay the decision to permanently lift the sanctions against Sudan until October.

The official added that Sudan would remain on America's list of states sponsoring terrorism and that some of the sanctions on Darfur would remain.

The Sudanese government is expected to hold a press conference Saturday in Khartoum on the permanent lift of sanctions.

The State Department website still cites the recent presence of al-Qaeda groups and Hamas in the country and notes, "Sudan has yet to take concrete steps to resolve the crisis in the Two Areas of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, to include ending aerial bombardments, allowing sufficient and sustained humanitarian access, and resuming political dialogue to resolve the conflicts". The government has announced unilateral cease-fires in areas where the Sudanese army has been fighting rebels, and created more access for humanitarian aid to get to displaced civilians.

US President Donald Trump lifted an American trade embargo and other punitive measures that effectively separated Sudan from most of the world's financial system. Being on this list means there are restrictions on aid that can be delivered to the country, as well as a total ban on weapons sales.

Human rights groups have opposed the easing of sanctions.

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