Egypt welcomes lifting of U.S. sanctions on Sudan

US ends Sudan trade embargo cites progress on rights

Sanctions on Sudan could be lifted by the U.S. administration on Friday, according to anonymous Washington officials quoted by global news organisations.

Shortly before leaving office, former US President Barack Obama temporarily eased the penalties that had been in place for two decades against Sudan.

The government in Khartoum has also been seen by the United States to improve humanitarian access to former conflict zones and ended its attempts to destabilize South Sudan, which gained independence in July 2011.

She said the move recognised Sudan's "sustained positive actions" but more progress was needed.

According to Nauert, the United States action "came about through a focused, 16-month diplomatic effort to make progress with Sudan in these key areas".

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir remains wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes.

In a written statement published late Friday, Sudanese Foreign Ministry said the leadership, government and people welcome the permanent lift of the economic sanctions.

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Officials also said they asked for and got a commitment from Sudan not to purchase arms from Pyongyang.

The potential move would mark a huge turn in relations between the United States and Sudan, which first had sanctions imposed on it by Washington in 1997.

Sudan routinely shows up as a country of particular concern on State Department reports assessing human rights and religious freedom.

His remarks, the first since the United States lifted a 20-year-old trade embargo against Sudan on Friday, came hours after the top U.S. envoy to Khartoum said conditions have to be "right" for talks on removing Khartoum from the list.

Bashir, who has ruled Sudan since 1989, is accused by the ourt of committing genocide in Darfur.

President Donald Trump issued a new executive order just before that July deadline that delayed the relief becoming permanent, giving his administration three more months to make a final decision.

Though Sudan has gradually shifted away from its role as a leader and supporter of Islamist movements over recent decades, Khartoum remains, with Syria and Iran, one of three states in the world designated as a sponsor of terrorism by the USA, and the White House has stressed that a broad set of economic and financial sanctions against Sudan remains in place.

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