The two countries reached an agreement in October to remove Sudan from the list. The settlement demanded Sudan pay 335 million dollars to the victims of the 1998 bombing of the United States’ embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the US embassy said, “The 45-day congressional notification period has expired, and the Secretary of State has signed a notice to cancel the designation of the state sponsor of terrorism in Sudan as of today (December 14), to be published in the Federal Register.”
Sudan has been on the list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993.
According to a joint statement issued by the three countries, the leaders of Sudan and Israel “agreed to normalize relations between Sudan and Israel and end the state of hostility between their countries” and “agreed to start economic and trade relations, with an agreement between the two countries. The primary focus is on agriculture.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the de-rating “represents a fundamental change in our bilateral relationship towards more cooperation and support for the historic democratic transition in Sudan.”
“This achievement was achieved thanks to the civilian-led transitional government’s efforts in Sudan to chart a bold new path away from the legacy of the Bashir regime, and in particular, to meet the legal and political criteria for abolition,” Pompeo said. Monday statement. We commend the calls of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace and justice, and we congratulate the members of the transitional government under civilian leadership for their courage in advancing the aspirations of the citizens they serve.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok welcomed the removal of his country from the list.
“After more than two decades, I announce to our people that the name of our beloved country has been removed from the list of states sponsoring terrorism,” he wrote on Twitter. Today we are returning with all our history, the civilization of our people, the greatness of our country and the vitality of our revolution for the international community.
This story has been updated with additional background information.
CNN’s Mustafa Salem, Michael Callahan and Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.
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