US Says Sudan New Regime Can Exit Terror List If Progress
Muhammad Irfan 6 days ago Wed 17th April 2019 | 01:20 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Apr, 2019 ) :The United States is willing to remove Sudan from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism if its new military leaders take tangible steps, a US official said Tuesday.
Sudanese officials have for years sought to get off the list, engaging in inconclusive talks with the United States.
A State Department official said that Washington had renewed its willingness to consider a delisting during meetings with the military rulers who last week ousted veteran leader Omar al-Bashir in the wake of months of street protests.
A way to rescind the designation "may be available if there is a fundamental change in the leadership and policies and if the Transitional Military Council is not supporting acts of international terrorism and provides assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Protesters have remained on the street, calling on the military council to step aside.
The United States had turbulent relations with Sudan during Bashir's three decades in power, in which he allied himself with Islamists, was accused of plotting genocide in the Darfur region and during the 1990s gave refuge to Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.
But in his later years, Bashir sought smoother ties with the United States and especially wanted the removal of the terror label, which had severely deterred foreign investors.