The United States formally lifted Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, 27 years after putting the country on its blacklist, the US embassy in Khartoum announced.
President Donald Trump announced in October that he was delisting Sudan, a step desperately sought by the military-civilian government overseeing the country’s transition to democracy. The government designation severely impeded foreign investment needed to revive Sudan’s economy after nearly three decades of mismanagement under dictator Omar Al Bashir, who was toppled in April 2019.
“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,” the US embassy wrote.
To pave the way for the delisting, Sudan agreed to pay $335 million to compensate survivors and victims’ families from the two 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by Al Qaeda, carried out when Al Bashir was hosting the terrorist group, and a 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen’s coast.
Sudan’s transitional government also agreed to recognise Israel, a major goal for President Trump, although Khartoum has sought to downplay the connection.