US ex­tends Su­dan sanc­tions

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WASHINGTON: The US has ex­tended its sanc­tions on Su­dan by three months and will re­view the ex­ten­sion if Khar­toum con­tin­ues to en­gage in what Washington says is pos­i­tive be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties in the con­flict ar­eas of Su­dan.

Yes­ter­day the US State Depart­ment said: “To­day (Tues­day), the pres­i­dent is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive or­der (EO) ex­tend­ing the re­view pe­riod es­tab­lished by EO 13761 of Jan­uary 13, 2017, which set forth cri­te­ria for the re­vo­ca­tion of cer­tain sanc­tions.

“The or­der ex­tends the re­view pe­riod for an ad­di­tional three months and pro­vides for the re­vo­ca­tion of those sanc­tions if the gov­ern­ment of Su­dan sus­tains the pos­i­tive ac­tions that gave rise to EO 13761, in­clud­ing main­tain­ing a ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties in con­flict ar­eas in Su­dan, im­prov­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess through­out Su­dan and main­tain­ing its co-op­er­a­tion with the US on ad­dress­ing re­gional con­flicts and the threat of ter­ror­ism.”

It said the US would re­voke the sanc­tions if the Su­danese gov­ern­ment was as­sessed to have sus­tained progress at the end of the ex­tended re­view pe­riod.

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