Possible Sudan removal from US terror list is “a process”


The US no longer has an adversarial relationship with the Sudanese government and is working on removing it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior State Department official said.

Tibor Nagy, assistant secretary for African affairs, cautioned doing so was a process with conditions.

“It’s not an event. It’s not flipping a light switch. It’s a process and we are heavily, continuously engaged with our Sudanese interlocutors on how we can go about doing that,” he told reporters.

Asked if the US was committing to lifting sanctions, Nagy said “No” adding: “There are conditions. Everybody is hoping it will happen, everybody is hoping it happens quickly, we all understand the hardship”.

The US government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations then-President Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government was supporting terrorist groups. The designation makes Sudan technically ineligible for debt relief and financing from the IMF and World Bank. Congress needs to approve a removal.

Months of demonstrations over price hikes for fuel and bread and cash shortages saw an uprising against Bashir, toppled by the military in April. A civilian transitional government was formed in August and it agreed with the US it could start engaging with international institutions while still on a list of countries deemed sponsors of terrorism.