President Donald Trump said on Monday that Sudan would be removed from the list of states that support terrorism once it pays $ 335 million to victims of U.S. terrorism and their families.
” Good news! Sudan’s new government, which is making great strides, has agreed to pay $ 335 MILLION to victims of terrorism and American families, ”Trump tweeted. “Once deposited, I will remove Sudan from the list of sponsoring states of terrorism. Finally, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG not for Sudan!
Sudan’s move would open the door for the African country to secure international loans and help needed to revive its struggling economy and save the country’s transition to democracy.
Sudan has agreed to pay compensation to the victims of the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, attacks carried out by Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaida network while bin Laden was living in Sudan.
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Once the compensation money is deposited, Trump must sign an order to remove Sudan from the terrorism list, on which he has languished under heavy U.S. sanctions for 27 years.
Congress would then have to act to restore Sudan’s sovereign immunity, which would effectively prevent future compensation claims from being brought against it in US courts.
Sudanese officials have been negotiating terms for removing the country from the list for more than a year, but the US effort to restore relations with Sudan dates back to the end of President Barack Obama’s administration, which initiated the process. in January 2017.
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The designation of Sudan as a sponsor state of terrorism dates back to the 1990s, when Sudan briefly hosted bin Laden and other wanted militants. Sudan has also reportedly served as a pipeline for Iran to supply arms to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.