U.S. Lifts Sudan Sanctions

The United States lifted long-standing sanctions against Sudan on Friday,
saying it had made progress fighting terrorism and easing humanitarian
distress, and also secured Khartoum’s commitment not to pursue arms deals
with North Korea.

In a move that completes a process begun by former President Barack
Obama and which was opposed by human rights groups, President Donald
Trump removed a U.S. trade embargo and other penalties that had effectively
cut Sudan off from much of the global financial system.

The U.S. decision marked a major turnaround for the government of President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who once played host to Osama bin Laden and is
wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of orchestrating
genocide in Darfur.

However, Sudan will stay on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism –
alongside Iran and Syria – which carries a ban on weapons sales and
restrictions on U.S. aid, U.S. officials said.