Oct 19, 2020 (Thessherald)–US President Donald Trump vowed on Monday to remove Sudan from the state sponsor of terrorism list after Khartoum pays the victims of past terrorist attacks $335 million.
“New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to US terror victims and families,” Mr Trump announced on Twitter.
“Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the state sponsors of terrorism list.”
The money would compensate the families of victims from the 1998 Al Qaeda attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania as well as the terrorist group’s 2000 attack on the USS Cole.
Sudan’s former government under Omar Al Bashir harboured Al Qaeda members complicit in the bombings. Victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks have also filed lawsuits against Sudan.
The Sudanese military ousted Bashir last year after months of popular protests against his decades-long rule, prompting calls for Washington to remove Khartoum from the blacklist.
The United States first designated Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993. The three other countries on the list are Iran, Syria and North Korea. Sudan’s inclusion on the list bars Khartoum from receiving foreign assistance as the country grapples with a democratic transition, the Covid-19 pandemic and a severe economic crisis.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok welcomed the US President’s message. “Today, as we approach the disposal of the heaviest legacy of the dictatorial regime, we affirm once again that the Sudanese people are a peace-loving people and have never been supportive of terrorism,” he wrote.
The Trump administration has also pushed Sudan to follow the lead of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in normalising relations with Israel.