Sudan to pay $335 million to US to be removed from blacklist

The Sudanese government is set to bail the country as the transitional government officials have reportedly agreed to pay $335 million to the United States to be removed from a blacklist.  

Sudan has since been profiled as part of states that sponsor terrorism owing to alleged involvement in certain attacks, including attacks on United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and the Navy destroyer Cole in the year 2000.

In effect, certain sanctions were placed on the country. This includes an exemption from debt relief, urgent financial support from major international institutions for economic management, among others.

Most of these attacks have been associated with the defunct government of long-serving ex-president Omar Al-Bashir who was overthrown by the military following a series of protests and replaced by a transitional government, awaiting a democratic rule.

According to a release by President Donald Trump, America is in the process of removing Sudan from the blacklist after the established transitional government agreed to pay the negotiated compensation of $335 million.

In a viral tweet, Trump stated that “GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and a BIG step for Sudan!”

According to reports, US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo earlier discussed America’s conditional decision to lift the sanctions with the Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, during a visit to Khartoum in August.

If this condition is satisfied and the amount is successfully transferred, Sudan will move to rebuild its diplomatic relationships with the US and also soften other grounds to benefit from aid as other countries.

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