U.S. Extends Decision on Sudan Sanctions by 3 Months


U.S. has extended its decision on permanently lifting economic sanction against Sudan by three months.

The State Department on Tuesday announced the decision though acknowledged significant progress made by Sudanese government. U.S. however said its need more time to establish its concerns it has not fully addressed.

U.S. said it will revoke the sanctions if the (government of Sudan) is assessed to have sustained progress in these areas at the end of the extended review period,” the State Department said.

On Tuesday, Sudan said that it complied with all U.S. demands for lifting the sanctions imposed since 1997 for its alleged support of terrorism.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama temporarily lifted sanctions for six months in January last year, suspending a trade embargo, unfreezing assets and removing financial sanctions.

U.S. demands include resolving internal military conflicts in areas such as war-torn Darfur, cooperating on counter-terrorism and improving access to humanitarian aid.

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