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Sudan FM: Bashir Regime Responsible for Keeping Country on Terrorism list

Sudan FM: Bashir Regime Responsible for Keeping Country on Terrorism list

Monday, 4 November, 2019 - 11:15
A Sudanese woman celebrates after Sudan's ruling military council and opposition and protest groups reached a power-sharing deal in Khartoum, Sudan July 5, 2019. (Reuters)

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry affirmed that the current government and the Sudanese people have nothing to do with terrorism.

It blamed the former regime of ousted President Omar al-Bashir for keeping the country on the list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism.”

The ministry also made light of the US administration's renewal of the national emergency against the Khartoum government, saying it is a “routine procedure.”

Foreign Minister Asma Mohamed Abdalla announced after meeting with US Charge d’Affaires, Brian Shawkan, that she understood the reasons for the US administration's decision and promised to exert all efforts to strengthen relations between Washington and Khartoum.

Abdalla said that the transitional government wants to remove Sudan from the list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism” and called on the US to take into consideration “positive developments in the country.”

The FM called for the removal of her country from the list at the earliest opportunity.

For his part, Shawkan explained that the state of emergency is a measure declared by the US president where exceptional sanctions are imposed on a specific country and usually lasts one year.

He noted that the state of emergency for Sudan was supposed to end on Sunday, but it was necessary to renew it to ensure sanctions on Darfur.

He discussed the ongoing efforts to remove Sudan from the list, noting that this will take some time.

Meanwhile, the National Umma Party, led by Sadiq al-Mahdi, reiterated its support for the transitional government and its readiness to accomplish its tasks in achieving just peace.

The party politburo announced it fully backs the transitional government led by Abdalla Hamdok, in preparing the country for free and fair elections leading to a pluralistic democratic system, through an approved electoral law and election commission.

The party adopted in its statement a proposal whereby political parties nominate governors of the states, rather than political blocs of the forces of Declaration of Freedom and Change.

The politburo said that the states have the right to choose their representatives in government institutions, taking into account female and youth representation.

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