İrem UZUN -TDO- The Trump administration is close to an agreement with Sudan to remove Khartoum from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism and an announcement could be made in coming days, two U.S. officials said on Monday. The deal could also set in motion steps by Sudan toward establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, one of the officials told Reuters, following similar U.S.-brokered moves in recent weeks by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. But details were still being worked out, the source said.
President Donald Trump announced on Monday that as soon as Khartoum sets aside the $335 million it has agreed to pay to American victims of militant attacks and their families. The move would open the door for the African country to get international loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country’s transition to democracy.
Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said the development was “quite significant for the Sudanese administration and the people of Sudan”. “They believe that with Sudan removed from the list of the state sponsors of terrorism the foreign investment will come and the economy will improve,” she said. The removal from the list has been a top priority for Sudan’s transitional government which has been in power since August last year following the military removal of longtime President Omar al-Bashir in the face of months-long protests against his rule.
"Great news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 million to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, justice for the American people and big step for Sudan,” Trump tweeted.