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Sudan freezes negotiations with US following delay in lifting sanctions

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir announced that all negotiations with the United States will be frozen in response to a US decree that postponed a permanent decision on lifting sanctions by 3 months.

Commenting on the US decision to delay the lifting of sanctions, a senior state department official said,

“The administration recognises Sudan has made significant progress in these areas in the last six months, but the administration decided it needed more time to review Sudan’s actions.”

US Sanctions were first imposed on Sudan in 1997 after Sudan was named as a state sponsor of terror. A series of benchmarks were set for Sudan to achieve in exchange for the permanent lifting of sanctions.

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