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US removes Sudan from State Sponsor of Terror list

Sudan is no longer designated as a state sponsor of terrorism [Getty]

Date of publication: 14 December, 2020

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Sudan has been formally removed from the United States' state sponsor of terror list, the US embassy in Khartoum announced on Monday.
The United States on Monday formally removed Sudan's state sponsor of terrorism designation, 27 years after putting the country on its blacklist, the US embassy in Khartoum announced. 

"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 US embassy said on Facebook.

President Donald Trump announced in October that he was delisting Sudan, a step desperately sought by the nation's new civilian-backed government as the designation severely impeded foreign investment.

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The Trump administration promised to remove Khartoum from the terror list and restore its sovereign immunities - meaning it would no longer be exposed to lawsuits in US courts - if it agreed to normalise ties with Israel.

As part of a deal, Sudan also agreed to pay $335 million to compensate survivors and victims' families from the twin 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, carried out when dictator Omar al-Bashir was welcoming Al-Qaeda, and a 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen's coast.

Trump sent his notice to Congress on October 26 and, under US law, a country exits the terror list after 45 days unless Congress objects, which it has not.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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