Home | News    Friday 26 May 2017

Trump administration is supportive of "advancing" relationship with Sudan: envoy

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

U.S. Embassy Khartoum CDA a.i. Steven Koutsis visits a school of disabled children to commemorate the international down syndrome day on 23 March 2016 (Photo US Embassy)
May 25, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is supportive to the improvement of bilateral relations with the Sudan, said the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Steven Koutsis in a speech about the lift of economic sanctions he made in Khartoum on Thursday.

The American diplomat was speaking in a forum on the economic sanctions held in Khartoum attended by Sudanese officials and Tarek Fahmy the Acting Director in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation.

Koutsis told the meeting that they understand the eagerness of American and Sudanese companies to know about the definitive left of sanctions on Sudan, adding that the U.S. embassy in Khartoum received a number of calls about the issue since last January when President Obama announced the ease of sanctions.

"I know you are all wondering what will happen in July.I honestly do not know which way the decision will go, but I can say that the report that U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson will provide to President Trump on whether the Government of Sudan has sustained positive actions under our engagement will be credible and fact-based," he said.

"So, the July report and recommendation on whether to permanently revoke the two executive orders will be based on the actions of the Government of Sudan into July. I can assure you that the Trump Administration remains supportive of our engagement and our goals for advancing our bilateral relationship," he further stressed.

On 13 January before to leave his office, former President Obama decide to lift a 20-year trade embargo, unfreeze assets and remove financial sanctions on Sudan. He said the decision comes in response to Khartoum’s cooperation in the counterterrorism and the end of military bombardments on civilians areas in the western Sudan.

However, he delayed the lifting of the sanctions by 180 days to encourage Sudan to take further actions to improve humanitarian access to the conflict-affected areas, negotiate peace with the armed groups and improving human rights.

Khartoum has worked to improve humanitarian access particularly in Darfur region, but no agreement was reached with the SPLM-N on the humanitarian access in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The government and the rebels accuse each other of obstructing the deal. Also, Washington has made a proposal break the stalemate but it was rejected by the armed group.

However, Khartoum and the SPLM-N continues to observe a cessation of hostilities in the Two Areas. The cessation of hostilities is also implemented in Darfur region despite the continuation of low-intensity clashes with Sudan Liberation Movement- Abdel Wahid (SLM-AW).

Sudanese officials were very optimistic about the partial lift of sanctions but they stopped speaking about it following the American veto of President Omer al-Bashir’s participation in the recent American Islamic summit in Riyadh.

Also, Congressmen and activists call to delay the definitive revocation for additional six months to improve human rights and democratic reforms.

However, others who are favourable for the move say the ease of sanctions is just "an opening to a more serious and intensive dialogue" adding that the remaining sanctions on Sudan can be used to bring Khartoum to end the war and adopt reforms.

Also, it is purported that the CIA and the FBI have already signed cooperation agreements with Sudanese security apparatuses and bush together with the State Department for the definitive revocation insisting on the need to enhance their presence in Sudan and the region.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Reflections on the SPLM-Ns 2017-10-18 20:15:33 By Mohamed Yassin It is sad, weird and ugly that some comrades reduced the vision of the SPLM to the SPLM-N standing for North, as a compromise. Its adaptation, it was bitterly adopted in an (...)

Do we have leaders in South Sudan or murderers? 2017-10-15 04:13:20 By Peter Gai Manyuon According to different scholars globally, leadership style is the way a person uses power to lead other people. More so, scholars have also identified a variety of (...)

Accountability, National Dialogue, and Elections: Which one of them comes first? 2017-10-12 21:51:17 By Dr Lako Jada Kwajok Conflicts or wars are the offspring of failures to have constructive dialogues in resolving problems between parties. The parties could range from countries, groups of (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Reactions to government agencies’ conspiracy against Greater Bor community 2017-10-08 07:54:31 October 7, 2017 A monkey business or a donkey business in the government of the republic of South Sudan against the citizens is unacceptable. Therefore, we as youth of Greater Bor in diaspora (...)

Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)

New group formed to gather Nuer in United States 2017-08-17 14:15:50 DECLARATION FOR THE FORMATION OF NUD TO BRING TOGETHER ALL NUER IN THE U.S.A Press Statement The Nuer Union For Development (NUD) The United State of America The State of Nebraska August 15, (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.