US implements removal of Sudan from terrorism list


The US has completed the process to remove Sudan from its list of state-sponsored terrorism.

A document by the US treasury department said: “The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations… to implement the rescission of the designation of Sudan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”

The decision officially entered into force on Wednesday.

On 14 December 2020, US formally removed Sudan from the list, ending 27 years of US sanctions and severe damage inflicted on the country’s economy. It was a major win for civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his government.

The country was put on the US list after the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York in 1993, when Sudan hosted a number of Islamist militant groups as well as al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

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