U.S. Obama to announce partial suspension of sanctions on Sudan

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January 12, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The outgoing U.S. President Barak Obama
will freeze some of the economic and trade sanctions on Sudan,
different news agencies reported on Thursday.

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U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
into law in the Oval Office the White House in Washington on March 29,
2016 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst Photo)

The suspension which was contested by some members of Obama
administration, is mainly based on "the findings of Sudan’s security
cooperation with Washington". "It was mainly backed by the State
Department," an American source told Sudan Tribune.

The media cited Sudan’s collaboration in the fight against terrorism,
including limiting the movements of Islamic State fighters.

Regarding the file of peace in Darfur, the partial freezing takes into
account the end of military bombardments on civilians areas in the
western Sudan, improvement of humanitarian access to civilians in the
conflict affected areas.

Also, the decision takes into account Sudanese government efforts to
achieve peace in South Sudan and its neutrality in the conflict that
started in December 2013. American officials say Khartoum refused to
allow rebels to operate from its territory and also stemmed the flow
of weapons into the troubled country, despite Juba support to Sudanese
rebel groups.

Citing officials at the While House, The Associated Press says
Washington will "announce a five-track engagement process with the
Sudan, including the easing of sanctions, responding to positive
actions by the government. They say these include improved Sudanese
counterterrorism efforts"

However, the suspended sanctions could be reinstated if the Sudanese
government backtracks on its progress.

U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, kept
working tirelessly on the file of peace in Sudan. Several sources said
President Obama wished to close the file of Sudan sanction before to
leave the White House like Cuba and Burma.
Congressmen and rights activists say still conditions in Sudan are far
from their expectations and have demanded to maintain to maintain the
sanctions on the regime of President Omer al-Bashir.

The State Department and the Department of Treasury since last
October, held three meetings in Washington, London and Dubai to
encourage commercial banks to avoid de-risking humanitarian and
non-governmental remittances stressing the trade and financial embargo
target only the Sudanese government.

Despite the strong impact of the sanctions on the Sudanese government,
officials at the State Department points to the negative impact of the
measure on the ordinary Sudanese. It also feeds anti-Americanism in
the region and Islamic world they say.

Sudan has been under American economic and trade sanctions since 1997
for its alleged connection to terror networks and remains on the U.S.
list of state sponsors of terror. The first batch of sanctions
restrict U.S. trade and investment with Sudan and block government’s
assets of the Sudanese government.

Additional sanctions in relations with the conflict in Darfur region
were introduced by two Executive Orders in 2006.


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    13 January 06:28, by Akuma

    Though Obama to ease sanctions on Sudan still incoming President
Trump will not tolerate nonsense. Sudan is a terrorist nation and
sanctions can’t be lifted otherwise they will toerrorize the whole
regions with their Islamism and Arabization ideology. Trump will still
cancel it. Why when Obama leave office?

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    13 January 08:12, by Kalo Yusif Kuku

    I wonder about the US state department saying security and
humanitarian access has significantly improved when up-to date, the
government of Sudan continues to block humanitarian access to the two
areas (Nuba MTs. and Blue Nile) including Darfur, huge crimes that
could amount to additional counts on crimes against humanity are still
so prevalent in the country and oppression of the press!

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    13 January 08:24, by Kalo Yusif Kuku

    Relations with Sudan government is a clear demonstration that the
Obama administration is not honest with the claims of minding about
humanity,democracy and holding on to the core values of America as
laid by the American fore founders. The US is so blessed and i wish
they could use the blessings God has endured them to bring justice to
the oppressed of this world instead of misleading the world.

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    13 January 08:39, by Kalo Yusif Kuku

    The truth is,there is no justice,there is no improvement in
security, there is no improvement in humanitarian access and on top of
that, Sudan is the founder, trainer and home of the global terrorist
organizations hence not the right partner in countering the same. The
claims by the state department must be backed by some conflict of
interests in the Obama administration.

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