The United States is moving towards ending Western isolation of Sudan. US State Department officials met with Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed in Washington last month to finalise plans to remove the “state sponsor of terrorism” designation that is presently applied to Khartoum.
Sudan was blacklisted in 1993 and has since been unable to attract foreign investors, access multilateral financial aid and otherwise benefit from the global economy. The Barack Obama presidency, when it had become clear Sudan had ceased to promote terrorism, began working towards lifting the designation. Washington had laid out a six-point list of demands, including human rights requirements, in return for removing the terror sponsor label.
President Donald Trump’s administration wishes to work with Sudan to combat Islamic State’s spreading footprint in Africa and reduce Chinese and Russian influence in Africa. Foreign Minister Ahmed said Sudan would like to approach the International Monetary Fund for assistance as soon as possible. Foreign Policy website quoted a State Department official saying that the decision to take “Sudan off the list could be made in six months to four years.”
November 29, 2018