Sudan is looking to United States President-elect Donald Trump to advance cooperation between the two nations when he takes office, and to reconsider the economic sanctions that Washington has kept in force.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Kamal Ismail said that his country has expressed “a practical desire to cooperate” with the U.S. on terrorism and trafficking, in a statement released over the weekend, the Sudan Tribune reports.
Sudan has been under U.S. economic sanctions for almost 20 years, and has remained on the list of state sponsors of terror since 1993. The conflict in Darfur and human rights violations in other parts of the country have twice led to tighter restrictions since 2003.
“We expected that the economic sanctions wouldn’t be extended but unfortunately it was renewed at the end of Obama’s term,” Ismail told journalists. Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama extended the sanctions for another year in October, saying that Sudan continued to pose a threat to his nation’s security and foreign policy.
Separately, however, U.S. officials indicated that the one-year extension was part of a routine review, and the president retains the ability to lift sanctions at any point.
President Omar al-Bashir, who was quick to congratulate Trump on his victory, is hoping the new American administration will be easier to deal with, although Trump foreign policy adviser Walid Phares said immediately after the November election that the president-elect would not lift sanctions in place.
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