US President Donald Trump confirmed that his administration is ready to remove Sudan from the list of “states sponsoring terrorism” as soon as it receives the required compensation from Khartoum.
The compensation is linked to Al Qaeda attacks, including the 1998 bombing of the Washington embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
These developments open the door to foreign investment in Sudan, in addition to the possibility of Khartoum obtaining loans to support the economy.
In a televised speech, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said that removing Sudan from the list of “terrorism” would enable it to return to the global banking system and integrate into it.
Hamdok explained that the decision to remove from the list would open the way for debt relief worth more than $ 60 billion.
Washington added Sudan to the list of countries sponsoring “terrorism” in 1993, during the rule of former President Omar Al-Bashir. After his ouster last year, the current government tried to improve relations with the United States.
Earlier, Sudan’s official TV reported that Hamdok had confirmed the transfer of the compensation amount demanded by Trump.
After that, the Prime Minister clarified in his speech that the amount of compensation was provided from self-resources, noting that it was from gold export revenues.
The Sudanese Prime Minister, during a tweet on Twitter, looked forward to informing Congress of the decision.
He said that the move is the biggest support for the country’s democratic transition.
Washington had accused the Bashir government of providing sanctuary to terrorist groups that participated in the bombing of the US embassy in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi and the bombing of the USS Cole.