The United States of America has officially removed Sudan from its list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
The U.S. embassy in Khartoum said in a statement that 45 days have passed since the notification to Congress and Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo has signed a notification stating that Sudan is a terrorist state. Sudan is no longer in the list of the countries sponsoring terrorism.
US President Donald Trump announced in October that he would remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, but only on the condition that it pay 33 per cent to the families of the victims of the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and other victims. Sudan paid this amount last month.
The United States declared Sudan a sponsor of terrorism in 1993 under former dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The then slain al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, was based in Sudan and was a guest of (now) ousted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for many years.
Sudan’s sovereignty will also be restored after the US removes its name from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism. At the moment, it makes it difficult for its interim government to access the funds it urgently needs to get out of the economic crisis.
Sudan also agreed to normalize relations with Israel in October under US pressure. It was then the third Arab country to establish relations with Israel. Earlier in September, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed peace agreements with Israel.
The two peace agreements were brokered by US President Donald Trump, who announced the third peace deal between Israel and Sudan. A few days ago, under President Trump’s mediation, Morocco also agreed to establish relations with Israel.