US removes Sudan from terror list after normalization with Israel
The United States has formally removed Sudan from the so-called list of “state sponsors of terrorism” after the African country's military-led government agreed to normalize ties with the Israeli regime.
"The congressional notification period of 45 days has lapsed 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," the US embassy in Khartoum announced in a statement on Monday.
The outgoing US President Donald Trump declared plans in late October to delist Sudan from the blacklist, a step desperately sought by the nation's transitional government – which came to power following the army-backed ouster of its long-time military ruler General Omar al-Bashir -- as the “terrorism” designation severely hindered foreign investment.
The development comes 27 years after Washington placed the African country on its blacklist, accusing it of involvement in attacks on US targets in the region.
Trump sent his notice to Congress on October 26 and, under US law, a country exits the terror blacklist in 45 days unless Congress objects to the presidential directive -- which it has not.
Last week, Sudan’s Information Minister Faisal Mohamed Salih censured the country’s military for developing relations with the Tel Aviv regime without informing civilian officials of the ruling council.