U.S. Extends Sanctions against Sudan

U.S. has extended sanctions against Sudan with another year saying Khartoum policies remain an extraordinary threat to its national security.

According to a report by AFP, referencing U.S. President Barack Obama statement, actions and policies of Sudan government continue to pose unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

Sudan has been subjected to a U.S. trade embargo since 1997 for its alleged support of terrorist groups.

The former emir and leader of the jihadist group Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden was based in Khartoum between 1992 and 1996.

The extension of the sanctions has not been received well and diplomats in Khartoum who were expecting a soft stance by U.S. were surprised by its position.

The Embassy of the United States in Khartoum, however, said in a statement that the extension “does not prejudge the possibility for the President to decide on a lifting of sanctions at any time in the future,” and added that “Washington wants to continue its dialogue with Khartoum.”

The shaky conflict in Darfur remains a sensitive issue in relations between the U.S. and Sudan.

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