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Sudan no longer listed as terror sponsor

Sudan no longer listed as terror sponsor

The United States government has officially removed Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. 

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo violated ethics rules, State Department watchdog finds Why the US needs to clear the way for international justice Tim Scott to participate in GOP event in Iowa MORE confirmed the development in a statement on Monday morning.  

"Today, Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism is officially rescinded.  This represents a fundamental change in our bilateral relationship toward greater collaboration and support for Sudan’s historic democratic transition," Pompeo said.

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"This achievement was made possible by the efforts of Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government to chart a bold new course away from the legacy of the Bashir regime and, in particular, to meet the statutory and policy criteria for rescission," he added, referring to former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE first announced his administration's intention to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism after the country agreed to put $335 million into an escrow account to aid families of victims of terrorism, The Hill previously reported

“GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families,” Trump tweeted in October. “Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!”

Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism had dated back to the 1990s, The Associated Press noted, over the country's reported housing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and friendly relationship with Iranian-backed militias waging war in the Gaza Strip. 

The Trump administration and the new Sudanese government, which came to power in 2019, had been negotiating a deal for nearly a year. 

“This achievement comes with numerous opportunities for Sudan’s development,” Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in a tweet on Monday. 

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Pompeo echoed the prime minister's remarks. 

"We commend the calls of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace, and justice, and we congratulate the members of the civilian-led transitional government for their courage in advancing the aspirations of the citizens they serve," he said.