Trump to remove Sudan from state sponsors’ terrorism list
Published: 11:45 AM, 20 October 2020 Updated: 02:50 PM, 20 October 2020
United States President Donald Trump
United States President Donald Trump has said that Sudan will remove from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation of $333 million.
Sudan has been listed since 1993 when al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden lived there as a guest of the government. The compensation relates to al-Qaeda’s 1998 bombing of US embassies in Africa, according to a report by BBC.
“The attacks in Tanzania and Kenya killed more than 220 people and the compensation money is to be paid to US terror victims and families," Trump wrote in a tweeter.
“Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!” he also wrote.
The funds had been transferred but there was no immediate US confirmation, said Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, responding to the statement of Donald Trump.
The US president has the power to remove a nation from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Congress then has 45 days to object.
Relations between the United States and Sudan have improved since President Omar al-Bashir was ousted after mass street protests last year. Bashir had ruled the conflict-ridden African nation for 30 years.
Dropping Sudan from the blacklist will be very welcome news in the country, where food, fuel and medicine are getting more expensive and scarce, reports Deputy Africa Editor Anne Soy. — BBC