Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (Hemeti), Vice Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, announced that he had received a promise from the US envoy to Khartoum to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism as soon as possible.
“I met on Friday in Juba, the US envoy to Khartoum, Donald Booth, and we discussed the peace agreement that will be signed on Saturday,” Hemedti said on his Twitter account.
“We had a good dialogue about the steps to implement the agreement and the role that the international community should play, and we emphasized the need for the international community to play its role in supporting the peace process in Sudan,” he added.
On the removal of Sudan’s name from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, Hemedti said, “I received a promise from Booth to reach an agreement that ends this as soon as possible.”
On October 6, 2017, the administration of US President Donald Trump lifted economic sanctions and a trade embargo that had been imposed on Sudan since 1997.
However, it did not remove his name from the terrorist list it had been on since 1993 for hosting the late leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
The Sudanese Sovereignty Council quoted the US envoy as saying, “Sudan is still on the list of states sponsoring terrorism, and we are working hard with the government to reach a settlement of this file.”
During the past days, Israeli and American media reports said that Khartoum had agreed to normalization with Tel Aviv in the event that Sudan was removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism and that it obtained aid from Washington.
On September 23, the head of the Sovereignty Council, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, said that his discussions with American officials during a three-day visit to the UAE dealt with several issues, including Arab peace with Israel.
On the other hand, the head of the transitional government in Sudan, Abdullah Hamdok, said that the issue of his country’s normalization of relations with Israel is complex and needs societal consensus.
Hamdok refused to link the normalization process with Israel to the issue of removing Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.
On 21 August 2019, a transitional period that will last for 39 months began in Sudan, ending with elections.
During the transitional period, the army shares power with the Coalition of Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, which led popular protests that led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir on April 11 of the same year.