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US official: We will continue to pressure Sudan with the study of lifting sanctions

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The United States will test Sudan’s new transitional government’s commitment to human rights and freedom of expression and facilitate humanitarian access before agreeing to remove the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior US official said.

While the new Sudanese prime minister will be the main point of contact, he said US diplomats will also have to deal with Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Doklo, formerly known as Hamidti, the council’s deputy, the Foreign Ministry official told reporters on condition of anonymity. Military and the commander of the Rapid Support Forces.

“Prime Minister Hamdouk said all the right things, so we look forward to dealing with him,” the official said. This new government has shown commitment so far. We will continue to test this commitment.”

The economist Hamdok was sworn in as head of a transitional government, vowing to stabilize Sudan and resolve its economic crisis.

The official said the new government had confirmed in recent talks with US officials its willingness to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, which limits its access to international funding sources such as the IMF and the World Bank.

Hamdouk, formerly executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, told Reuters on Sunday he would seek $ 10 billion in foreign funding over the next two years to cover the import bill and help rebuild the country.

The US government listed Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993 under former President Bill Clinton, separating the country from financial markets and stifling its economy.

In 2017, Washington lifted a 20-year-old trade embargo on Sudan and was in discussions to remove him from the US list when the military intervened on April 11 to oust former president Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for 30 years.

Rising public anger over lack of food, fuel and hard currency has led to mass demonstrations that eventually forced Bashir to step down.

President Donald Trump’s administration suspended talks on normalizing relations with Sudan and demanded that the military hand over power to a civilian government.

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