The United States on Friday fully lifted 20-year-old economic sanctions against Sudan citing positive actions on humanitarian access and counter terrorism.
“Today, the United States decided to revoke economic sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412, in recognition of the Government of Sudan’s sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas in Sudan, improve humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintain cooperation with the United States on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism,” said the States Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a press statement on Friday.
The decision to lift the sanctions and end an economic embargo comes after the Trump administration last month removed Sudan from the list of countries whose citizens are subject to travel restrictions. Sudan was the only country that was removed.
The US first imposed curbs on Sudan in 1997, including a trade embargo and asset freezes. It slapped on more sanctions in 2006, and before leaving office, former US president Barack Obama temporary eased the curbs, until finally he removed the sanctions completely, setting an October 12 deadline.
Te United Nations Country Team in Sudan recognizes all the collective efforts exerted by all parties, especially the Goverment of Sudan who in the past nine months has demonstrated through concrete progress the country’s interest in improving humanitarian access throughout the country. The UNTC will continue to promote international cooperation in the spirit of multilateralism to overcome any challenges facing Sudan while building ont he strides that have been taken by all sides so far.
„This is a historic decision that will pave the way for more inclusive economic development for Sudan’s people” welcomed the lifting of sanctions also the european countries.
This action came about through a focused, 16-month diplomatic effort to make progress with Sudan in these key areas.
The statement acknowledged Khartoum’s serious cooperation with the U.S. on a number of issues, saying Washington will continue efforts to improve bilateral relations with Sudan.