Sudan/US co-operation will continue


Sudan will continue to co-operate with the United States, including on intelligence sharing, even though it halted the work of a committee formed to negotiate relief from US sanctions, Khartoum’s foreign minister said.

President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday froze the work of the committee, formed with the United States, after Washington postponed a decision on whether to lift sanctions against Sudan for three months. They were imposed partly over human rights concerns.
“We continue to co-operate with the United States at the bilateral level between our institutions, for example, between the intelligence services or the foreign ministries,” Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters.

Former US President Barack Obama announced the lifting of the 20-year-old sanctions in January, a move that would suspend a trade embargo, unfreeze assets and remove financial punishments hampering the Sudanese economy.

But the implementation of the move was delayed for six months to allow Sudan more time to progress on five demands. They included resolving internal military conflicts in areas such as war-torn Darfur, co-operating on counter-terrorism and improving access for humanitarian aid.

Later on Thursday, the Arab League issued a statement expressing regrets for the delay and confirming its position on rejecting the sanctions.
“The league was expecting Washington to make its final decision to lift the sanctions …and the spokesman reiterated the firm position which the league adopted of rejecting these sanctions,” the statement said.