U.S. keeps Su­dan tied to sanc­tions

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is giv­ing it­self un­til Oc­to­ber to de­cide whether to per­ma­nently lift sanc­tions on Su­dan.

Just be­fore leav­ing of­fice, for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama tem­po­rar­ily lifted sanc­tions on Su­dan in a move that was to be­come per­ma­nent to­day if it wasn’t re­versed by Trump. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion jus­ti­fied lift­ing the 1990s-era sanc­tions by cit­ing im­proved coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts and other progress in Su­dan.

Rights ad­vo­cates and op­po­si­tion groups have said the move will strengthen Pres­i­dent Omar alBashir, who is wanted by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court on geno­cide charges linked to con­flict in the Dar­fur re­gion, and do much to bring his gov­ern­ment back into the in­ter­na­tional fold af­ter decades of iso­la­tion, war and abuses.

State Depart­ment spokesman Heather Nauert said Su­dan has made sig­nif­i­cant progress. But she said Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der is needed to give the ad­min­is­tra­tion more time to de­ter­mine whether there’s been enough progress to lift the sanc­tions per­ma­nently.

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