African Union Calls on US to Remove Sudan from States Sponsoring Terrorism List
Chairman of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has called on the United States to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsor of terrorism list and welcomed Washington’s decision to permanently cancel the economic sanctions imposed on Sudan since 1997.
In a statement , he added that the rapprochement between the two countries should “pave the way for further progress towards addressing other issues of concern”. “In this regard, the Chairperson expresses the hope that, sooner rather than later, the United States will also remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism in view of the widely acknowledged cooperation Sudan has been extending to international efforts to curb terrorism,” he stressed.
Sudanese government Friday welcomed the lift of economic embargo and reiterated its call for its removal from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism pointing to its attested cooperation in the counterterrorism efforts as was mentioned in the US state Department Report.
The AU Chairperson further stressed that “the AU remains fully seized of the situation in Sudan and will continue to work, through the AU High-Level Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP), to assist in addressing outstanding challenges facing the Republic of Sudan”.
US Attests to Sudan Counter Terrorism Efforts
The US State Department said, the Government of Sudan’s actions during the last nine months show that it is serious about cooperating with the United States and has taken significant steps to stop conflict and improve humanitarian access within Sudan, and to promote regional stability.
With regard to terrorism, according to the report, ”Since January, Sudan has continued its cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism (CT) efforts against terrorist groups in Sudan and North Africa, and has worked to counter terrorists’ attempts to transit Sudanese territory. The Sudanese government’s actions against terrorists have been notable, significant, and have contributed to advancing US CT objectives and the global fight against terrorism. The US government will continue to engage the Government of Sudan to expand and deepen CT cooperation where possible.”
The measure is needed to allow Sudan to benefit from the debt relief and other mechanisms of development assistance by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.