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Debt arrears prevent Sudan from international financial support, not terror list: U.S. Nagy


January 27, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - What hinders Sudan’s access to international financial support and loans is the heavy external debt arrears, not its designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST), said Tibor Nagy U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs.

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Tibor P. Nagy, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs (Photo State Deprt)

On Monday, Nagy discussed the SST issue with Sudanese Foreign Minister Asma Abdallah in Khartoum as he is concluding an African tour to the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Sudan from January 15-29, 2020.

Speaking from Khartoum in a telephonic press briefing on Monday, Nagy had to explain several times his government policy towards Sudan and the ongoing process on Sudan’s removal from the blacklist.

The US top diplomat for Africa repeated that le removal is a process requiring to deal with many issues in reference to the sanctions on Darfur and financial compensations for victims of terror attacks which have reached over seven billion.

"We are talking about (that) more than SST. Sudan is a partner," he said before to add ’"Negotiations are ongoing but I am optimistic".

"There are thorny issues. We want a successful Sudan but I can’t go into technical issues but we are working it. I wish we can give a time frame,"

Later, he had to speak again about the SST role in Sudan incapacity to deal with financial international institutions (IFI), he said that following the lift of economic embargo on Sudan in 2017 Sudan can freely deal with these institutions.

"There are a number of other criteria; for instance, Sudan has considerable arrears to international financial institutions which prevent those international financial institutions from making additional loans or grants to Sudan, so that’s one of the problems," he added.

"So the issue is, number one, reputational; number two, it is the arrears that Sudan has built up that will need to be negotiated in the future," he stressed.

The U.S. senior diplomat further pointed out that U.S. laws order its representatives at the World Bank & IMF to vote against any loans or debt relief to countries on its list of states that sponsor terrorism.

"The SST really refers much more to how the United States is obligated to respond to Sudan’s request for broad projects and programs in international financial institutions," he said.

Friends of Sudan group members recently said they are willing to write off their loans to Sudan but the U.S. veto prevent them from doing so.

They further asked Trump administration to remove Sudan from the SST list to enable them to invest in the improvised country in order to support the democratic transition that Washington asked for.

On 14 January, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale urged Sudan to pay financial compensations to family members of people killed or injured in terrorist attacks.

"The Under Secretary underscored that compensation for the victims of terrorism remains a priority for the U.S. government," said the State Department in a statement after the meeting.


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  • 31 January 2020 06:20, by Fathi

    They keep mentioning the "considerable arrears to international financial institutions" but from what I’ve read it is 3 billion in arrears.

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    • 31 January 2020 06:22, by Fathi

      Didn’t Saudi & UAE provide 3 billion in aid ($500 million reserves & 2.5 billion agriculture products) this past summer alone? Didn’t Turkey & Qatar offer 4 billion to develop Suakin and receive 49% from the investment? Didn’t the gov say 9 billion in gold gets smuggled out every year? With adjustments in policy & assistance from the friends we could come up with that 3 billion within the year

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      • 31 January 2020 06:33, by Fathi

        They keep bringing up these arrears to deflect from their irrational policy of keeping Sudan on the SST list. How are we going to attract investors when we are on the US hit list aka SST. Countries on that list or were on that list include Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Iraq, Libya, Yemen. Countries invaded include Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Cuba and soon Iran.

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        • 31 January 2020 06:35, by Fathi

          Only reason North Korea wasn’t invaded yet is because they have nukes.

          Being a "partner" in this situation is more parasitic than mutual.

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          • 31 January 2020 06:39, by Fathi

            They know damn well Bashir was never going to pay that but they still developed a plan for him to get off the SST list, which likely didn’t mention compensation. He didn’t even go trial lol... at least offer a civilian government the chance at a fair trial

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            • 31 January 2020 06:42, by Fathi

              How are we supposed to negotiate a reasonable settlement when the victims’ families know that SST delisting depends on compensation and we are desperately in need of debt relief? The same thing was said in the middle of negotiations in regard to the peace deal with all the armed movements. Obviously undermining Sudan ...

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              • 31 January 2020 06:44, by Fathi

                Where did they get 7 billion from? Wasn’t it 3.8 billion the other day? Did they just wake up today and say 7 billion sounds about good?

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                • 31 January 2020 06:51, by Fathi

                  How about compensation for the victims from the Al-Shifa bombing by the elected and pervy president Bill Clinton? As the German Ambassador said, that attack likely resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. Forget a trial, the US rejected an international investigation request by Sudan to see if US claims of chemical weapons were true. Basically another fake OPCW to justify attacking Sudan.

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                  • 31 January 2020 06:57, by Fathi

                    Hamdok’s biggest mistake was taking responsibility for those attacks that no Sudanese was a part of. It was clearly a loaded question by the propagandists at the Atlantic council. It needed a politician to answer that. He went to Washington seeking debt relief and returned with more debt and more demands lol. Definitely a naive mistake.

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