The US Congress passed legislation that restored the sovereign immunity of Sudan, which was on the US list of states sponsoring terrorism.
The new legislation formalized the US administration’s decision to remove Sudan from the aforementioned list, provided that the legislation would be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Under the legislation, Washington will release funds with which Sudan can pay part of its foreign debts, and the legislation will also allow it to benefit from aid estimated at $ 700 million for a period extending. Until September 2022.
For its part, the Sudanese Ministry of Justice said that the congressional passage of legislation to restore the sovereign immunity of Sudan allows the revocation of all rulings previously ruled by the courts against it, while cases related to the events of September attacks continue according to the Terrorism Act, not the JASTA law.
The legislation related to the adoption of the settlement agreement reached between the governments of Sudan and the United States, through which Sudan was removed from the list of states sponsoring terrorism as a first step.
The legislation provides for the cancellation of the judicial rulings issued against Sudan in the cases of the bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the destroyer Cole, and then restore the sovereign immunity of Sudan regarding any future trials related to the period in which it was on the list of states sponsoring terrorism.
The legislation also provides for the continuation of cases related to the events of September 11th according to the Terrorism Act, not according to the JASTA law, as requested by Sudan.
The ministry revealed that the direct and indirect aid approved with this legislation for the benefit of Sudan amounted to about one billion and 100 million dollars, which is separate from the one billion dollars that the United States committed to pay to the World Bank to pay Sudan’s arrears.
Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the official removal of Sudan from the terrorism list, and said in a statement that this represents a fundamental shift in the bilateral relationship between the two countries towards more cooperation and support for the democratic transition in Sudan.
Pompeo added that removing Sudan from the terrorism list “was achieved thanks to the efforts of the civilian transitional government in Khartoum, which paved the way for a new era away from the regime of (ousted President Omar) Al-Bashir.”
In turn, Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan said that removing his country’s name from the list of “states sponsoring terrorism” would support the democratic transition and would enhance the chances of success of the transitional period.