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Sudan discusses its “removal from terrorist list” during talks with the US

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During US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Khartoum, Sudan, he had talks with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, in which the latter discussed removal of Sudan by US from “terrorist list” as state sponsor of terrorism. Removal from list will also lift the sanctions imposed on Sudan. Pompeo has urged Sudan to normalize its relationship with Israel.

Sudan was put on the list in 1990s when al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden lived there as a guest of former Sudanese President Omar al Bashir’s government. Ever since Bashir was overthrown from presidency, the relations between US and Sudan have relatively eased. Along with Sudan the other countries on the list include North Korea, Syria and Iran.

Hamdok tweeted on his meeting with Pompeo, “We had direct and transparent conversation regarding delisting Sudan.”Leaders of Sudan are eager and desperate to put an end to years long economic isolation of the country and also have a position at table of dollar-based global financial system so as to attract investments and loans in country.

In order to remove Sedan from the list, US has put a condition for Sudan to compensate 17 US sailors’ families who were killed when al-Qaeda bombed their ship USS Cole at a port in Yemen in 2000. The condition was agreed by Sudan in February.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently on regional tour to promote closer ties between Israel and Arab Countries. His tour includes visit to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

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