Sanc­tions lifted


Sunday Star-Times - - WORLD -

The United States has lifted long­stand­ing sanc­tions against Su­dan, say­ing it has made progress fight­ing ter­ror­ism and eas­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian dis­tress, and has also se­cured Khar­toum’s com­mit­ment not to pur­sue arms deals with North Korea. In a move that com­pletes a process be­gun by for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama, and which was op­posed by hu­man rights groups, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day re­moved a trade em­bargo and other penal­ties that had ef­fec­tively cut Su­dan off from much of the global fi­nan­cial sys­tem. The de­ci­sion marks a ma­jor turn­around for the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Omar Has­san al-Bashir, who once played host to Osama bin Laden and is wanted by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court on charges of or­ches­trat­ing geno­cide in Dar­fur. How­ever, Su­dan will stay on the US list of state spon­sors of ter­ror­ism.

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