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07:50  20 october  2020
07:50  20 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Sudan will be removed from a US blacklist of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, US President Donald Trump said on Monday. He said that the African country's year-old transitional government had agreed to pay a 5 million (€285 million) package to American victims of attacks and their relatives.

The US ruled Sudan was responsible for the attack as the two suicide bombers involved were trained in the country. Removal from the US blacklist would allow "It entered into this settlement out of [its] determination to settle the historical allegations of terrorism left over by the former regime, and only

Vue aérienne de Khartoum, Soudan. © Getty Images / Robert Caputo Aerial view of Khartoum, Sudan.

Negotiations concerning the withdrawal of Sudan from the American list of states supporting terrorism continue. A vital withdrawal for the country's economy, but one voice suggests a quick and positive outcome: that of Donald Trump. On Twitter, the American president assured Monday evening, October 19, an imminent agreement.

“Great news! », Writes the American president. According to Donald Trump, the new Sudanese government has agreed to pay 335 million dollars to the American victims and their families, of the terrorist attacks perpetrated in 1998 against the embassies of Kenya and Tanzania ... As soon as the sum is paid, the United States United will remove Sudan from the list.

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- Warming US ties -. Under Bashir, Sudan hosted Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and sent jihadist volunteers to fight in the country's civil war with South Sudanese separatists. After being blacklisted in 1993, Sudan expelled Bin Laden -- but the US designation and sanctions remained in place.

The US - Sudanese negotiations were mostly focused on the funds Washington wanted Khartoum to place in escrow for the victims of Al-Qaeda attacks on the In late September, mostly Arabic-speaking Mulsim-majority Sudan said it would not accept tying its removal from the terrorist sponsors list to

The announcement very quickly prompted a response from Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok: “Thank you President Trump. We are on the verge of shedding the heaviest legacy of the late regime. The European Union has also welcomed this “momentous” decision.

Removal from this list should in particular allow Sudan to re-access loans and international aid. An important step forward for Sudan which is affected by an economic crisis.

Sudan was placed on the American blacklist in 1993. At the time, Omar al-Bashir was accused of supporting Islamist networks including Al-Qaeda responsible for the 1998 attacks which had caused the death of more than 200 people. The fall of the Sudanese leader last year had allowed the opening of discussions between Washington and the new Sudanese authorities.

Sudan wants to save its economy thanks to the normalization of relations with Israel .
© AP Photo / Hussein Malla A market in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital (illustrative image). The normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel is progressing slowly and is dividing Sudanese society. On Sunday, Khartoum announced upcoming talks between the Sudanese and Israelis with a view to reaching a broad agreement laying the foundations for their future cooperation. But Sudan, whose economy is failing, needs help in return.

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