Sudan Removed from US ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ list Transfering $335 Million as compensation to the US.
Sudan is removed from US ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ list
On Friday, October 23, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a waiver to remove Sudan from the state sponsors of terrorism list. As part of the agreement, the U.S. administration has negotiated for Sudan to transfer $355 million to compensate U.S. victims of terrorism and their families in order to be eligible for removal from the list. During negotiations for Sudan’s removal from this list, the U.S. also pushed for Sudan to normalize its relations with Israel, a country with which Sudan is technically at war. On Friday, the U.S. announced that this push had been successful, and that Sudan had agreed to normalize relations with Israel, following a one-day visit by an Israeli delegation to Sudan on Wednesday.
Sudan was first designated to the state sponsors of terrorism list in 1993, due to former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s support for Hezbollah and other Islamist extremist groups. The removal of the designation allows Sudan to receive international financial assistance from the U.S. as well as multilateral organizations including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, among other benefits. This move will help provide Sudan with relief for some of its $60 billion of external debt and deal with an economic crisis that has seen inflation of over 200 percent this year.