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Saudi Arabia reiterates support to Sudan’s removal from U.S. terror blacklist

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Al-Burhan chats with Saudi Crown Prince MBS on the sidelines emergency Arab summit on 31 May 2019 (SPA photo)
May 11, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Saudi Arabia Monday has renewed its pledge to support Sudan’s efforts to remove its designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Sudanese government legal team in Washington reportedly has made some progress in its negotiations on the financial compensations for the victims of the bombings of the US embassies in. Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam, on August 7, 1998.

Once a deal is struck, Khartoum needs to disburse the full amount of the agreed compensations before the case can be closed. The money will likely have to come from a third country.

However, given the COVID-19 sitiation and its economic impact It is not clear if any country would have the appetite to step in and foot the bill.

As it stands US courts have ruled that Khartoum must pay at least $6 billion in compensation while another $4 billion is still being litigated in the US supreme court where a decision is expected soon.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Abdel Fatah al-Burhan the chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council spoke with the Saudi Prince Crown Mohamed bin Sultan on Monday evening.

"His Royal Highness the Crown Prince confirmed that the Kingdom will continue its efforts to remove the name of Sudan from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism," said the official agency.

He further "stressed the Kingdom’s keenness on the security and stability of Sudan to achieve the aspirations of its people".

The newly appointed Sudanese ambassador to Washington Nur-Eldin Satti in an interview with the “Independent Arabia” on Monday pointed to the ongoing talks with the families of the victims of Nairobi and Dar es Salam attacks and expressed hope that "an agreement will be reached soon to settle this case".

U.S. officials have repeated that a settlement on the financial compensation is crucial for Sudan’s removal from the terror list despite the current economic situation of the East African nation and Washington declared support for the transitional government.

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  • 13 May 02:30, by Fathi

    "U.S. officials have repeated that a settlement on the financial compensation is crucial for Sudan’s removal from the terror list despite the current economic situation of the East African nation and Washington declared support for the transitional government."

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    • 13 May 02:35, by Fathi

      Washington’s so-called declarations of support are meaningless and insincere without providing financial support.

      Why can’t Washington accept Sudan’s declaration to compensate victims of terror?

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      • 13 May 02:38, by Fathi

        The US has shown it is not serious about removing Sudan from the SST. It has repeatedly moved goal posts. Even if we somehow manage to get someone to cover the 6-10 billion, Washington will make another excuse or drag its feet for at least another year. Meanwhile, Trump can’t even locate Sudan on a map.

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  • 13 May 02:31, by Fathi

    "Saudi Arabia Monday has renewed its pledge to support Sudan’s efforts to remove its designation as a state sponsor of terrorism."

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    • 13 May 02:42, by Fathi

      Unlikely to be true due to their fear of democracy. Not to mention withholding the 3 billion. Their support in regard to advocating for Sudan in Washington probably will not be that useful due to heightened tensions over global oil prices and how that has negatively impacted US oil/fracking/shale.

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      • 13 May 03:03, by Fathi

        It’s also annoying that we need the actual 2nd biggest of sponsor of terror to advocate for us to get off the SST list ... goes to show that it’s merely a political hit list

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