Home | News    Wednesday 17 February 2016

Sudan reiterates rejection of U.S. conditions for sanctions lift, hits to stop anti terror cooperation


February 17, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The foreign ministry Tuesday reiterated its rejection for American conditions to normalize bilateral relations, while the speaker of the Sudanese parliament hinted that his country may stop counter-terrorism cooperation with Washington.

Sudan’s new parliament speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omer June 1, 2015 (ST)

Speaking in a private event in Khartoum Monday, U.S. Chargé d’affaires to Sudan, Jerry Lanier, recalled that his country wouldn’t remove Sudan from the list of states sponsor of terrorism or left economic sanctions before the end of armed conflicts in Darfur region and Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

"The government did not accept any precondition and will stick to its rejection of any conditions that do not take into account Sudan’s interests," said the state minister at the foreign ministry Kamal Eddin Ismail in reaction to the statements of the American diplomat.

He further pointed that the mission of an ambassador is to improve ties with the host country not to challenge its authorities.

Washington designated Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993, and imposed comprehensive economic, trade, and financial sanctions against the Sudan In October 1997.

However, in May 2007, the U.S. imposed additional economic sanctions on Sudan. At the time President Bush said the sanctions aim to end the suffering of the millions of Sudanese affected by the crisis in Darfur. Also after the eruption of the conflict in the Two Area in June 2011, Washington said Sudan has to end the conflict and allow humanitarian access to civilians in the affected areas.

Analysts agree that the sanctions changed of nature, pointing that Washington implicitly admitted that when U.S. officials mentioned Sudan’s cooperation in the war against terrorism different times.

But Khartoum refuses to speak about Darfur or the Two Areas and point their efforts to end armed conflicts. Also , they insist that based on the principle of non interference, sovereign states shall not intervene in each other’s internal affairs.


The speaker of the National Assembly Ibrahim Ahmed Omer on Tuesday hinted that Sudan may suspend anti terror cooperation with Washington.

Omer was speaking in a press conference held in Khartoum after his return from a visit to the United States where he participated in a conference on international action on drug problem organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations in New York.

The Sudanese speaker spoke about meetings he held with American Congressmen during his two-week visit to the United States. He added that Sudan is willing to cooperate with any country on issues of terrorism, stressing it is a question of principle.

"If we felt that (some) countries are unwilling, hostile or droning and do not cooperate with Sudan, then the competent authorities will take the appropriate decision," he said when asked if Sudan would stop cooperation on terrorism with Washington on the light of its rejection to lift sanctions.

Omer however told reporter that his visit was a positive step in the right direction to amend bilateral relations. He said he discussed sanctions, the armed conflicts and terrorism with some Congressmen.

He further said he noted some change in the position of the Congressmen who previously refused to meet Sudanese officials.


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.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

On ’delegation’ and ’succession’ of powers in S. Sudan Presidency: 2020-05-27 23:50:58 By James Okuk As Covid-19 has exposed unexpected gossips and propaganda on power in the Presidency, it is important to clarify technically the key matters of peace so as to avoid dangerous (...)

South Sudan’s Akot Lual: Why I am a Solution in Greater Pibor 2020-05-27 23:44:26 By Akot Lual I have been accused and attacked by feuding groups from Jonglei who are fighting their own dirty little battles, but they want to drag me on their battles, using me as a scapegoat. (...)

When armed groups obstruct peace in Sudan 2020-05-23 22:53:24 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman It is regrettable that some Armed struggle movement factions stand as a stumbling block against the path to the peace process for Sudan. Having said that, one will start (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.