The United States placed Sudan on its ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ list in 1993, after al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden moved to the country. The list also includes Iran, Syria and North Korea, with Cuba removed in 2015 during a brief period of warming ties with Washington close to the end of President Barack Obama’s second term.
The United States is reportedly pressuring Sudan to normalize relations with israel as a condition for the African nation’s removal from Washington’s State Sponsors of Terrorism listing despite Khartoum’s meeting of all criteria to be taken off the list, Reuters has reported, citing six sources said to be familiar with the matter.
“Sudan has completed all the necessary condition. We expect to be removed from the list soon,” an anonymous Sudanese government official told the news agency.
Reuters’ three Sudanese government sources told the news agency that removal from the terror list and relations with israel were separate, unrelated issues.
The US and Sudan have been negotiating the lifting of Washington’s state sponsor of terrorism designation for over a year, with talks starting soon after the Sudanese military overthrew the government of Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 in a coup d’état after months of street protests. A mixed civilian-military leadership known as the ‘Sovereignty Council’ was set up in August 2019, with Hamdok and a mostly civilian cabinet…