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U.S. may remove Sudan from list of state sponsors of terrorism, but it’s a process: U.S. official

The United States is working with its counterparts on potentially removing Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, but the process has conditions. Sudan was added to the United State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 when former president Omar al-Bashir’s administration was supporting terrorist groups. Sudan’s position on this list makes the nation ineligible for financial aid from the IMF and World bank as well as debt relief. Al-Bashir was overthrown by the military in April amid demonstrations over high bread and fuel prices. After a civilian transitional government was formed late this summer, the United States agreed that it could begin engaging with international institutions.

Tibor Nagy, assistant secretary for African affairs, warns that the process of removing Sudan from the list requires continuous engagement with Sudanese interlocutors. Nagy confirmed that the United States was not committing to lifting sanctions previously imposed on Sudan, stating that there are “conditions to such an event.” Congress must approve removing Sudan from the list.

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