Ministers Welcome Removal of Sudan's Name From Terrorism List

Cheryl Sanders
October 24, 2020

The violence broke out after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok earlier this month sacked Saleh Ammar, governor of the eastern Kassala province.

Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said protesters were frustrated with the deteriorating living conditions and wanted to put pressure on the transitional government to address the issues affecting them.

Sudan was designated in 1993 during the rule of dictator Omar al-Bashir, who welcomed Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in the 1990s as he imposed a brand of political Islamism on the country. The list inclusion also prevented Khartoum from accessing foreign financial aid and debt relief mechanisms.

On Monday, President Donald Trump declared his readiness to remove Sudan from a USA blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, a move Sudanese officials hailed as a vital step towards securing debt relief and spurring economic recovery. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Due to U.S. sanctions dating back to the 1990s, Sudan has been largely cut off from worldwide banking.

"After the lifting of US sanctions, Sudan could discuss dialogue about normalisation with Israel and its benefits to Sudan, according to Sudan's interests".

Islamists and supporters of al-Bashir's government held a protest in Khartoum, calling for the resignation of Hamdok, the prime minister.

Recognising Israel could also trigger a backlash from Islamist factions loyal to Bashir that have sought to discredit the transition.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman expressed certainty that there were several Arab countries that will normalize with Israel.

An agreement between Sudan and Israel may have edged closer on Monday when U.S. President Donald Trump signalled that Washington would remove Khartoum from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. That's not likely to happen, but Congress will have to resolve ongoing claims against Sudan in legislation that re-establishes its "legal peace" - a legal term that means as a sovereign country, it can not be sued.

In addition, people and other entities under U.S. jurisdiction are barred from doing business with countries on the list. "We think that there will be an enormous bipartisan consensus that that is the right thing to do", he told a news conference. According to the New York Times, "Removing Sudan from the terrorism list was a necessary precursor to it becoming the latest Arab state to broker an official détente with Israel".

"We hope that they will do that".

"We hope that they'll do that, and we hope that they'll do that quickly".

"Transitional authorities have completed more than a year [in power], and the crises are frighteningly increasing by the day", the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), a trade union alliance that spearheaded the protests against al-Bashir, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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