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U.S. Obama to announce partial suspension of sanctions on Sudan

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January 12, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The outgoing U.S. President Barak Obama will freeze some of the economic and trade sanctions on Sudan, different news agencies reported on Thursday.

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U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 into law in the Oval Office the White House in Washington on March 29, 2016 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst Photo)

The suspension which was contested by some members of Obama administration, is mainly based on "the findings of Sudan’s security cooperation with Washington". "It was mainly backed by the State Department," an American source told Sudan Tribune.

The media cited Sudan’s collaboration in the fight against terrorism, including limiting the movements of Islamic State fighters.

Regarding the file of peace in Darfur, the partial freezing takes into account the end of military bombardments on civilians areas in the western Sudan, improvement of humanitarian access to civilians in the conflict affected areas.

Also, the decision takes into account Sudanese government efforts to achieve peace in South Sudan and its neutrality in the conflict that started in December 2013. American officials say Khartoum refused to allow rebels to operate from its territory and also stemmed the flow of weapons into the troubled country, despite Juba support to Sudanese rebel groups.

Citing officials at the While House, The Associated Press says Washington will "announce a five-track engagement process with the Sudan, including the easing of sanctions, responding to positive actions by the government. They say these include improved Sudanese counterterrorism efforts"

However, the suspended sanctions could be reinstated if the Sudanese government backtracks on its progress.

U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, kept working tirelessly on the file of peace in Sudan. Several sources said President Obama wished to close the file of Sudan sanction before to leave the White House like Cuba and Burma.
Congressmen and rights activists say still conditions in Sudan are far from their expectations and have demanded to maintain to maintain the sanctions on the regime of President Omer al-Bashir.

The State Department and the Department of Treasury since last October, held three meetings in Washington, London and Dubai to encourage commercial banks to avoid de-risking humanitarian and non-governmental remittances stressing the trade and financial embargo target only the Sudanese government.

Despite the strong impact of the sanctions on the Sudanese government, officials at the State Department points to the negative impact of the measure on the ordinary Sudanese. It also feeds anti-Americanism in the region and Islamic world they say.

Sudan has been under American economic and trade sanctions since 1997 for its alleged connection to terror networks and remains on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror. The first batch of sanctions restrict U.S. trade and investment with Sudan and block government’s assets of the Sudanese government.

Additional sanctions in relations with the conflict in Darfur region were introduced by two Executive Orders in 2006.

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  • 13 January 06:28, by Akuma

    Though Obama to ease sanctions on Sudan still incoming President Trump will not tolerate nonsense. Sudan is a terrorist nation and sanctions can’t be lifted otherwise they will toerrorize the whole regions with their Islamism and Arabization ideology. Trump will still cancel it. Why when Obama leave office?

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    • 13 January 20:23, by sudani ana

      Akuma, you don’t need to worry yourself with Sudan affairs. You should be worried about the biggest disaster in the world that is called South Sudan. You should worry yourself about your murder on ethnic lines, rape of women and children in that jungle called South Sudan.

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  • 13 January 08:12, by Kalo Yusif Kuku

    I wonder about the US state department saying security and humanitarian access has significantly improved when up-to date, the government of Sudan continues to block humanitarian access to the two areas (Nuba MTs. and Blue Nile) including Darfur, huge crimes that could amount to additional counts on crimes against humanity are still so prevalent in the country and oppression of the press!

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    • 13 January 20:15, by sudani ana

      Kalo, Sudan has agreed to humanitarian access to the two areas, it is the SPLM/A-N that is blocking humanitarian access to the civilians who need it most by insisting that it has to come from a third party country. This shows that he doesn’t care about the people in the two areas and is merely using them for his political agenda.

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  • 13 January 08:24, by Kalo Yusif Kuku

    Relations with Sudan government is a clear demonstration that the Obama administration is not honest with the claims of minding about humanity,democracy and holding on to the core values of America as laid by the American fore founders. The US is so blessed and i wish they could use the blessings God has endured them to bring justice to the oppressed of this world instead of misleading the world.

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  • 13 January 08:39, by Kalo Yusif Kuku

    The truth is,there is no justice,there is no improvement in security, there is no improvement in humanitarian access and on top of that, Sudan is the founder, trainer and home of the global terrorist organizations hence not the right partner in countering the same. The claims by the state department must be backed by some conflict of interests in the Obama administration.

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