U.S. Removes Sudan From State Sponsor Of Terrorism Blacklist

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum on Monday that Sudan has been delisted from a blacklist of state sponsor of terrorism.

CNN reports that both countries had reached an agreement in October for Sudan to be removed from the controversial list. The settlement requires a payment of $335 million from Sudan for victims of the 1998 twin bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole off the coast of Yemen.

“The congressional notification period of 45 days has lapsed and the Secretary of State has signed a notification stating rescission of Sudan’s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation is effective as of today (December 14), to be published in the Federal Register,” the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Sudan has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1993, following its reported support of militant Palestinian organisations as well as allegations it accommodated Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

The United States had lifted most of its sanctions in 2017, with exception to the state sponsor of terrorism tag.

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