U.S Delays Sanction Removal on Sudan

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The United State on Tuesday postponed making the decision on whether to permanently lift sanctions on Sudan over its human rights record and other issues by 3 months. The U.S state department said.

Former President Barack Obama in January temporarily lifted all sanctions on  Sudan for 6months which entailed suspending a trade embargo, unfreezing assets and removing financial sanctions.

However, the current President Donald Trump is of a different opinion. He is very concerned about Sudan’s human rights record and this has delayed the U.S decision on whether to make the relief permanent or not.

Sudan on Tuesday said it had endured the pain and struggle and has by all means complied with all the conditions for lifting sanctions that were given to them by the U.S for 20 years now.

The U.S. State Department confirmed this in a statement saying that Sudan had made “significant, substantial progress in many areas,” but it said three more months were needed to establish that the country had fully addressed Washington’s concerns.

“The United States will revoke the sanctions if the (government of Sudan) is assessed to have sustained progress in these areas at the end of the extended review period,” the State Department said.

U.S. demands include resolving internal military conflicts in areas such as war-torn Darfur, cooperating on counterterrorism and improving access to humanitarian aid.