The United States formally rescinded Sudan’s status as a state sponsor of terrorism on Monday, removing the biggest barrier to the African country’s access to international lending institutions and economic development.
Sudan was designated as a state sponsor of terror in 1993 in part for its support of militant Palestinian organizations such as Hamas, as well as for harboring al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The US embassy in Khartoum disclosed this in a Facebook post
“The congressional notification period of 45 days has elapsed, 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,” it said.
The removal from the list was a top priority for Sudan’s transitional government, which has been in power since August last year following the removal of longtime President Omar al-Bashir in the face of months-long protests against his rule.
The US government added Sudan to its list of “state sponsors of terrorism” in 1993 over allegations that al-Bashir’s government was supporting “terrorist” groups.
The designation made Sudan technically ineligible for debt relief and much-needed
In the spirit of joy Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok wrote on twitter;
“Today we return to the international community with all our history, the civilization of our people, the greatness of our country and the vigor of our revolution,” he added that the move would help reform the economy, create jobs and attract investment.
In Sudan, the announcement was celebrated as a major milestone of the emerging post-Bashir era, and a chance for many to reengage with the global economy, from aspiring students seeking scholarships in Western countries, to businesses seeking trade deals, to a government hungry for foreign investment in its flagging economy.