A number of Sudanese officials have expressed their optimism about the improvement of the economy, the recovery of the currency and the influx of foreign investment, after their country was removed from the United States’ list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
Sudan suffers from renewed crises in bread, flour, fuel and cooking gas, as well as a continuous deterioration in its national currency.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Omar Qamar El Din Ismail said, “Sudan has begun the journey of a thousand miles on its return to the bosom of nations, honored and honored.”
He stressed – in a press conference today, Tuesday – that Sudan is not a terrorist, but that it was governed by a system that supported terrorism, noting that removing Sudan from the list of terrorism is not linked to any other file.
In turn, Sudanese Finance Minister Heba Muhammad Ali said, “Lifting Sudan from the list of countries supporting terrorism will bring great financial benefits to the country, most notably the exemption of Khartoum from its debts amounting to $ 60 billion.”
As for Hamid Suleiman Hamid, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mining, he stressed that the decision to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism will have positive consequences for increasing oil production in the country.
He added – in statements to Anadolu Agency – that removing Sudan from the list will push Western and American companies to enter the local oil market.
According to the Sudanese official, his country possesses oil reserves, and opening the doors of investment will have a role in increasing production, establishing new refineries, and achieving self-sufficiency in fuel and export.
The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said yesterday, Monday, that “removing Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism will contribute to its return to the global financial and banking system, and qualify it to be exempt from its debts that exceeded $ 60 billion.”
He explained that Sudan was able to provide financial compensation for the victims of the destroyer Cole and the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar Al-Salam from its own resources, specifically from the proceeds of gold exports.
Hamdok – who was speaking on state television after US President Donald Trump said that the United States will remove Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism – said that reaching an agreement with the United States to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism required a year of efforts to negotiate with Washington.
Thank you very much to President Trump for his aspiration to cancel Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, a designation that has cost Sudan and seriously harm it. We very much look forward to his formal notification to Congress. https://t.co/GeScTPfb0k
– Abdalla Hamdok (@SudanPMHamdok) October 19, 2020
Hamdok added that Khartoum is looking forward to Trump officially notifying Congress of removing Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, noting that classifying Sudan on terrorist lists has cost him a lot and seriously harms it.
For his part, the head of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said that Trump’s move to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism confirms the change in the country.
US President Donald Trump said he intended to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism after the Khartoum government deposited $ 335 million in compensation for American victims of terrorism and their families.
“The new government of Sudan, which is making great progress, has agreed to pay $ 335 million to American victims of terrorism and their families. Once the amount is deposited, I will remove Sudan from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. Finally, justice is for the American people and a big step for Sudan,” Trump said in a tweet.
GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2020
Previously, Reuters quoted US officials today, Tuesday, that the Trump administration is in the process of agreeing with Sudan to remove it from the US list of states sponsoring terrorism, and that the announcement may take place within days.
One official said, “The agreement may mark the beginning of moves by Sudan towards establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, following similar steps in recent weeks from the UAE and Bahrain, with the mediation of the United States.” The source added that work is still in progress regarding the details.
The rapprochement between Israel and another Arab country would give the US president an opportunity to promote a new diplomatic achievement, at a time when he seeks to be reelected on the third of next November.
Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to the era of ousted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, which makes it difficult for his transitional government to obtain urgent debt relief or foreign funding.
Many in Sudan believe that this is no longer deserved after the ouster of Bashir last year, and Sudan has long cooperated with the United States in combating terrorism.
The main sticking point in the talks between the United States and Sudan was the latter’s insistence that no declaration to remove Khartoum from the list be explicitly linked to normalization with Israel.
Differences still exist between Sudanese political and military officials regarding the extent to which relations with Israel will improve and the pace to proceed with this.