Sudanese, U.S. officials to discuss normalization of ties in New York

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September 19, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Senior Sudanese and U.S. officials on
Thursday will meet in New York to continue discussions on bilateral

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John Kerry (R) shakes hands with the Sudan’s FM Ibrahim Ghandour as
they pose for photos at the Palace Hotel in New York, October 2, 2015.
(Photo Reuters/Stephanie Keith)

According to Al-Sudani newspaper on Monday, a ministerial team formed
by President Omer al-Bashir to follow up on relations with Washington,
would discuss with U.S. officials ways to normalize ties between the
two countries and possibilities for implementing partial lifting of
sanctions especially with regard to banking wire transfers.

The Sudanese team is headed by foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour and
it includes representatives from the Defence Ministry, Finance
Ministry, Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS), Humanitarian Aid Commission
(HAC) and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Also, the governor of the CBoS, Under-Secretary of the Finance
Ministry, Under-Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, and the head of the
economic sector at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) besides
several economists have arrived in New York to participate in a joint
business symposium with the U.S. officials.

According to Al-Sudani, the Sudanese side will seek during the
symposium to inform the U.S. media on the adverse impact of the
economic sanctions imposed on the country.

It is noteworthy that the U.S. authorities have exempted Sudan’s
permanent mission to the United Nations and the Sudanese embassy in
Washington from the financial sanctions and allowed them to receive
money transfers from the CBoS through a third party.

In May 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointed
Idriss Jazairy as UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the
unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights in

Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour disclosed that he has
discussed with his American counterpart John Kerry ways to elaborate a
road map to normalize ties between Khartoum and Washington during the
coming period.

Following a meeting in New York in October 2015, Ghandour said that he
discussed with his American counterpart John Kerry ways to elaborate a
road map to normalize ties between Khartoum and Washington during the
coming period.

Since, the two sides held several meetings to that effect but no
tangible move has so far been taken.

Sudan says Washington didn’t honour its pledges to lift Sudan from the
United States list of state sponsors of terrorism after the
independence of South Sudan and kept sanctions for political reasons.

But Washington says Khartoum has to end the armed conflict in South
Darfur and Blue Nile states and to settle Darfur crisis.


Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of State said it would host a
conference on Monday in New York to discuss the U.S. sanctions on

In a media note extended to Sudan Tribune on Monday, the U.S.
Department of State said it would be represented in the conference by
the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth and
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs
Andrew Keller.

“Representatives from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign
Assets Control and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and
Security will provide technical guidance on complying with U.S.
sanctions and export controls relating to Sudan” read the media note.

“This conference is consistent with U.S. government efforts to conduct
compliance outreach to inform the public about U.S. sanctions and
export controls. Attendees will include domestic and foreign financial
institutions. A Sudanese delegation led by the Governor of the Central
Bank of Sudan will also attend,” it added.

Sudan has been under US economic sanctions since 1997 and remains on
the US list of state sponsors of terror.

Washington eased the sanctions imposed on agriculture equipment and
services, and allowed exports of personal communications hardware and
software. Also, the US Treasury Department removed the private Bank of
Khartoum from a blacklist of Sudanese entities.


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