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Sudan officially removed from its State Sponsor of Terror list, US Embassy said

On Monday, the US Embassy in Khartoum said that the US has officially removed Sudan from its State Sponsor of Terror list.

The embassy published on Facebook: The congressional notification period of 45 days has lapsed and the Secretary of State has signed a notification stating rescission of Sudan’s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation is effective as of today (December 14), to be published in the Federal Register.

It should be noted that Sudan was set on the US terror list in 1993. In October, outgoing US President, Donald Trump, had declared that he would remove Sudan from the list containing North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

Indeed, Sudan’s new civilian-led government had called for this step after that it reached the power following the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir and his military regime.

Sudan, and as a part of an agreement, accepted to provide $335 million to compensate survivors and victims’ families from the twin 1998 assaults on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which occurred when al-Bashir was welcoming al-Qaeda and a 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen’s coast.

Once providing money, it was expected that Trump signed an order removing Sudan from the terrorism list that it has remained under heavy American sanctions for 27 years, according to the October announcement.

Otherwise, Sudan’s transitional government, which took power during the last year after Bashir’s overthrow, has also agreed to recognize Israel as an essential aim for Trump, despite that Khartoum has wanted to reduce the relation.

Therefore, Sudan currently became the third Arab state to normalize Israel’s ties this year after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. After Sudan, Morocco also made diplomatic relations with Israel.

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