Saudi efforts lift U.S. sanctions on Sudan

  • Saudi efforts lift U.S. sanctions on Sudan

Saudi efforts lift U.S. sanctions on Sudan

Sudan also has recently distanced itself diplomatically from Iran, another state with strained relations with the US.

Central bank governor Hazem Abdel Kader said removing sanctions would allow Sudan's banking system to "reintegrate into the global economy", and Agriculture Minister Abdul Latif Ajimi said it would bring exchange rate stability that would boost agricultural development, according to state news agency SUNA.

Human rights groups have raised concerns about Washington's softening stance towards Khartoum.

As a separate part of the deal, the Sudanese government pledged not to pursue the importation of any weapons from North Korea, the official said.

Last month, the US administration removed Sudan from the list of countries whose citizens are subject to travel restrictions.

"More importantly, as the US now engages with Sudan, our policy must emphasize greater respect for human rights including religious freedom, political inclusion, an end to corruption, and genuine negotiations with all armed actors to achieve a just and lasting peace", he stressed.

Obama's move was meant to temporarily bring some relief from this isolation and reward efforts being made in the right direction such as helping the USA in its fight against terrorism.

The U.S. intends to continue to improve bilateral relations with Sudan.

Shortly before leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama temporarily eased penalties against the east African nation.

The US move came in line with the positive measures taken by the Sudanese government to stop hostilities in all conflict areas, improve the delivery and access of humanitarian aid as well as to cooperate with Washington to resolve regional conflicts and counter terrorism, Afifi added.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in East Darfur, April 5, 2016. Though Sudan remains on the United States' list of state sponsors of terror, the termination of sanctions will end a trade embargo, and unfreeze Sudanese assets in the United States.

The United Nations says 300,000 people have died in the conflict and 2.7 million have fled their homes.

The economic sanctions on Sudan have been imposed since 1997 over Khartoum's alleged support for Islamist militant groups.

Amnesty International alleged past year that Sudanese government forces used chemical weapons against civilians, including babies and young children, in one of the most remote parts of the restive Darfur region as recently as September.

Egypt praised Saturday a United States decision to lift sanctions imposed on Sudan for almost two decades, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.