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Washington will not remove Sudan from terror list while military rules: U.S. official

Now that Omar al-Bashir, the dictator who ruled Sudan for 30 years, has been ousted by the Sudanese military, the United States is not planning to remove the country from its list of terrorism sponsors. According to a US official, such a move will not be considered until “there is significant change in the country’s leadership and policies,” meaning that the military regime has been replaced by a civilian government.

Before Bashir was deposed, the US and Sudan were negotiating the possibility of normalizing relations, which would involve the US removing Sudan from its terror list. In 2017, the US lifted a trade embargo on Sudan after 20 years.

Sudan’s military has said that it will run the country during a transition period of two years. Protesters are rejecting this arrangement and continue to call for democratic elections to be held as soon as possible.

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