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Sudan’s removal from US terror list nothing to do with normalisation’

Sudan’s removal from the US terror lists nothing to do with normalisation’ relations with Israel after Sudan paid compensation to the families of US citizens who were killed in Africa in 1998.

Sudan's removal from US terror list nothing to do with normalisation’ www.theafricanstand.com
Sudanese protestors shout slogans during a rally to denounce Israel’s military offensive on the Gaza Strip, on August 11, 2014 in Khartoum [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images]

(The African Stand) — Sudan’s Acting Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has said that the country’s removal from the US list of “countries supporting terrorism” is because it paid compensation to the families of US citizens who were killed in Africa in 1998, and not any promise to normalise relations with Israel.

Heba Mohammed Ali made her comment at a press conference discussing Sudan’s relations with the United States. She revealed that the government in Khartoum was made to pay about $700 million to Washington. Nevertheless, she expressed her appreciation of the US promise to remove Sudan from the terror list.

The minister added that Khartoum expects financial and technical revenues following the decision to lift US sanctions. She also explained that the Sudanese government is hoping to see legislation passed in the US Congress to protect Sudan from future sanctions.

The US and other countries, she said, are to propose economic programmes that include Sudan’s foreign debts.

Wandukwa Henry

Written by Wandukwa Henry

Wandukwa Henry is a graduate from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Computer Science and now he is an African Stand correspondent covering the East African region.

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