Federal Foreign Office on the US announcement to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list

20.10.2020 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement today (20 October):

We welcome the announcement made by the United States to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. This is another important milestone in Sudan’s transition process, as the country seeks to re-enter the international community.

Germany will continue to support Sudan to ensure that its historic progress towards peace, democracy and economic recovery becomes a lasting success.

Background information:

Following the peaceful revolution and the fall of President Bashir, Sudan now stands at a historic crossroads. Initial political and economic reforms have been implemented and the Sudanese government and armed groups have concluded a peace agreement between. However, the economic and financial situation remains dire.

Sudan being removed from the State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSTL) list is a crucial prerequisite for enabling the country to gain access to the international financial market, trigger the debt relief process under the HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Countries) Initiative and attract foreign investment.

Now that Sudan had declared its willingness to pay 335 million US dollars in compensation to US victims of terrorist attacks from the time of the Bashir regime, US President Trump announced on 19 October 2020 that Sudan will soon be removed from the list. The country was added to the list in 1993 for giving refuge to Islamist terrorists.


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