The United States decided Friday, October 6 to formally renounce a twenty-year economic embargo against Sudan. Economic sanctions had already been lifted temporarily by former President Barack Obama before his departure from the White House.
"The actions of the Government of Sudan over the last nine months show that it takes cooperation seriously with the United States seriously" welcomed the spokesman of the department of " State, Heather Nauert.
In January, Barack Obama lifted some of the US sanctions against Sudan for a probationary period of six months. In return, Khartoum embarked on a road map in "five points" including the end of support for rebel groups in South Sudan, the end of hostilities in the provinces of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, and cooperation with US intelligence against terrorism.
The United States imposed sanctions on Sudan in 1997 for its alleged support of Islamist groups. The founder of Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, lived in Khartoum between 1992 and 1996.
Sudan remains on the American list of "sponsors of terrorism", and the decision of Washington has been criticized, in particular by human rights NGOs. "Permanently lifting sanctions sends the wrong message, while Sudan has made very little progress in human rights (…) Such a government should not be rewarded" according to Andrea Prasow of Human Rights Watch.