US to remove Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list


President Donald Trump says Sudan will be removed from the United States’ State Sponsors of Terrorism list if it pays compensation to victims of attacks.

Trump said in a Twitter post that Sudan had agreed to pay $335m to “US terror victims and families”.

“New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to US terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!” Trump wrote.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok also responded by saying the funds had been transferred but there was no immediate US confirmation.

Sudan has been listed since 1993 when al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden lived there as a guest of the government.

The compensation relates to al-Qaeda’s 1998 bombing of US embassies in Africa.

On 7 August 1998, trucks laden with explosives detonated almost simultaneously outside the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

More than 200 people died in the Kenyan capital and at least 11 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. Thousands of people, mostly civilians, were also injured in the bombings.


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