The decision to lift the sanctions and end an economic embargo against Sudan comes after President Donald Trump's administration last month removed it from the list of countries whose citizens are subject to travel restrictions. The U.S. has been calling on Sudan to expand humanitarian access, improve human rights, cooperate on counterterrorism and reinforce a cease-fire in conflict areas.
On January 13, Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir thanked Saudi King Salman and expressed his gratitude for the efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia to lift the sanctions in a telephone call.
According to Nauert, the United States action "came about through a focused, 16-month diplomatic effort to make progress with Sudan in these key areas".
The Sudanese government has also been on Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993, when the country briefly provided safe harbor for Osama Bin Laden and his then-nascent al-Qaeda.
But the move, however, leaves other sanctions in place, including those against persons with arrest warrants pertaining to atrocities committed during the conflict in the country's war-torn southern Darfur region. Sudan has no formal relations with North Korea, and, as a senior administration official noted, the two states do not maintain embassies in each other's capitals.
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Shortly before leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama temporarily eased penalties against the east African nation.
The United States lifted 20-year-old economic sanctions against Sudan on Friday, a usa official said, citing progress on counter-terrorism and improvement on human rights.
Rights groups saw the delay in the final lifting of sanctions as a last opportunity to press Washington to reconsider and perhaps even impose targeted "smart sanctions" aimed at human rights abusers. The government has announced unilateral cease-fires in areas where the Sudanese army has been fighting rebels, and created more access for humanitarian aid to get to displaced civilians.
The United Nations says 300,000 people have died in the conflict and 2.7 million have fled their homes.
Egypt praised Saturday a USA decision to lift sanctions imposed on Sudan for almost two decades, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
The U.S. official who disclosed the decision spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement on Friday.
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