Move to lift Sudan sanctions came after Trump approval, months of talks

January 14, 2017 16:10
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KHARTOUM - The Obama administration's preliminary decision to ease sanctions on Sudan came with the full approval of the incoming Trump administration and after months of secret meetings, Sudan's foreign minister said on Saturday.

The United States said on Friday it would lift a 20-year-old trade embargo against Sudan, unfreeze assets and remove financial sanctions as a response to Khartoum's cooperation in fighting Islamic State and other groups.The move will be delayed by 180 days to see whether Sudan acts further to improve its human rights record and resolve political and military conflicts, including in Darfur.

This puts the final decision in the hands of President-elect Donald Trump and his secretary of state, who is likely to be Rex Tillerson, a former oil executive.

Addressing a news conference, Sudan Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the potential sanctions relief are the result of six months of secret meetings held in Khartoum on issues ranging from combating the Lord's Resistance Army to peace in South Sudan and the country's own warring regions, such as Darfur.

Sudan's director of intelligence said he had met with U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan twice to discuss cooperation on combating terrorism and extremism.

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