The Sovereign Council of Sudan said on its Twitter page that U.S. President Donald Trump had signed a decision to remove the African state from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
“The U.S. president officially signed the decision to remove Sudan from the list of countries supporting terrorism, which will be announced in the near future,” the Sovereign Council said.
The message also states that this is “a historic day for Sudan and its glorious revolution”.
On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism after paying compensation of $335 million to American victims of terrorist attacks and their families. The USA included Sudan into the list of countries sponsoring terrorism on August 12, 1993, and in 1997, introduced sanctions against Khartoum, which, inter alia, restricted the possibility of Sudanese banks to work with foreign partners.
After the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for 30 years, by the military in April 2019, and the establishment of a transitional Sovereign Council and a new government, relations between Khartoum and Washington are warming significantly. In August 2019, Sudan’s new Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock announced the beginning of negotiations with the U.S. to remove countries that support terrorism from the U.S. list.
In March 2020, the head of the Central Bank of Sudan said that the U.S. confirmed the “lifting of all forms of economic sanctions” previously imposed on the country. According to the Central Bank, the sanctions have been removed from 157 organizations, but continue to apply to “a number of individuals and organizations related to the events in Darfur.