November 19, 2020

US to lift Sudan sanctions in return for $335 million

After 27 years under US sanctions, Sudan may finally be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. On Monday 19th October, President Trump tweeted that he would lift sanctions on Sudan on condition that they pay $335 million in compensation to the victims of attacks on U.S embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Earlier, on 11th August, 2020, OFAC issued a guidance document advising that U.S. persons were no longer prohibited from engaging in transactions concerning Sudan or the Government of Sudan that were previously prohibited by the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 538 (SSR). This is a very promising moment for Sudan, one of Africa’s largest nations as this would enable them to receive foreign aid, investment and debt relief. This came as a massive relief to many Sudanese people who have been struggling economically for many years as a result of the US sanctions, of course, a lot could change depending on who becomes the next USA president. The acting foreign minister, Omer Ismail expressed his joy at this news, stating ‘We have won the battle to restore the dignity of the Sudanese people.

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