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German FM Says Working to Remove Sudan from Terrorism List

German FM Says Working to Remove Sudan from Terrorism List

Wednesday, 4 September, 2019 - 12:15
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visits Sudan after the country swore in a new prime minister and a civilian-majority ruling body to steer the nation through a three-year transitional period. AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has pledged that Germany and Europe would support Sudan in its path towards a democratic future. Berlin is keen to remove Sudan from the terrorism list, stressed the FM.

"We want Sudan to be able to seize this historic chance and, after years of isolation, to receive the necessary support from the international community," Maas said during a joint press conference with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The FM visited the sit-in in front of the army’s headquarters, a place that witnessed popular protests that ousted the regime of President Omar al-Bashir.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced her support to the new Sudanese government led by Hamdok, saying Berlin would stand by Sudan as a trustworthy partner.

Maas said Germany would back Sudan once again and increase humanitarian aid to the country from EUR5 million to EUR15 million.

Berlin would discuss with Khartoum means to upgrade development cooperation between the two countries, he added.

He saluted the Sudanese people for their peaceful revolution and promised to bring up the issue of removing Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list before the General Assembly in New York later this month.

For his part, Hamdok stated that he held constructive talks with the Forces of Freedom and Change to persuade them of his conditions on the balanced and necessary representation of women and regions in the government's formation.

He also promised to work on short-term economic projects that aim to revive the country’s economy.

Hamdok also pledged to tackle inflation and provide essential needs from goods to services, as well as return confidence in the "collapsing" banking system.

He revealed that he has commenced communications with the US administration to discuss lifting sanctions off Sudan.

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