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Visit of John Sullivan, Deputy Minister of US foreign Affairs to Sudan is a new start in the bilateral relations

By: Neimat al Naiem

Khartoum – The two-day official  visit of  the US top official John Sullivan , Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs  to Khartoum last Thursday 16th   November 2017  followed the rapid development of the bilateral relations between Sudan US after the lifting of US economic sanctions  on 6th October 2017 ending a two decades economic embargo since 1997 . 


Koutsis: Dialogue between Khartoum and Washington Has Entered a New Phase

Khartoum – Beladi FM has hosted yesterday morning  in its English programme (Sudan Today), H.E. Steven Koutsis, USA Charge d' Affaires to Khartoum, in the presence of several press and media representatives.


Khartoum -Washington ... New Chapter

Muawad Mustafa Rashid

With welcoming words and appreciation Khartoum and Washington have opened a new chapter of cooperation and dialogue, after the 16-month talks which resulted to the cancelation of the 20-year economic sanctions on Sudan. It opened the door for the normalization of bilateral relation and removal of remaining sanctions particularly its removal from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.


US-Sudanese Talks to Remove Khartoum from Sponsors of Terrorism List - مباحثات سودانية ـ أميركية لحذف الخرطوم من قائمة رعاة الإرهاب

The Sudanese capital has witnessed high-level US-Sudanese talks, during which the two sides agreed on a new roadmap to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in return for its commitment to respect religious freedoms, ensure human rights and boycott North Korea.


New Sudanese American tracks- اتفاق سوداني أمريكي على خطة مسارات جديدة

The Minister of Foreign Relations professor Ibrahim Ghandour on Thursday announced an agreement on new tracks has been reached during the Sudanese American talks 

He pointed out in press statements following a meeting with the US Assistant secretary of state, Sullivan, that the new tracks include lifting the name of the Sudan from the list of countries accused of sponsoring international terrorism, writing off Sudan foreign debts and Sudan joining the World Trade Organization.


First Vice President receives US Assistant Secretary of State - النائب الأول لرئيس الجمهورية يستقبل نائب وزير الخارجية الأمريكي

The First Vice President of the Republic, Lt Gen Barki Hassan Salih, on Thursday received the US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, in the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour.


The Upcoming US-Sudanese Dialogue

Muawad Mustafa Rashid

Khartoum is ready now for a new round of talks with the US Administration which, according to Foreign Minister , Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, will concentrate on lifting Sudan from the sponsoring terrorism states.


المرحله الثانيه من الحوار مع امريكا نوفمبر القادم لرفع اسم السودان من الارهاب

اعلنت الخارجيه انطلاق المرحله الثانيه في الحوار مع الولايات المتحده الامريكيه نوفمبر القادم والتي تشمل اولويات علي راسها رفع اسم السودان من قايمه الدول الراعيه للارهاب وقال وزير الخارجيه بروفيسور ابراهيم


Lifting of All Sanctions Against Khartoum: A New Era for the Sudan

By Geneva Centre

GENEVA, Oct 24 2017 (Geneva Centre) - The lifting of sanctions on Sudan by the United States on 12 October was a monumental event that recognized the importance of engaging in dialogue with States in order to improve the human rights conditions. During his visit to New York to present his report to the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Mr. Idriss Jazairy, reflected on his contribution to this event, and suggested it might be an example of how other unilateral sanction regimes could be lifted. 


US Treasury Lifts Ban on Over 200 Sudanese Companies, Publishes Full List


In accordance with the political decision made by the US government two weeks ago to revoking the economic embargo on Sudan, the US Treasury Department has lifted the ban on more than 223 companies, institutions, banks and Sudanese public and private organizations.


Sudan Reaps Benefits of Decision to Lift Sanctions

Khartoum – Saif Al-Yazal Ba Baker

The US Treasury Department lifted the ban on more than 223 companies, institutions, banks and Sudanese public and private organizations in line with the political decision made by the US government a week ago to revoke the economic embargo on the country.


Sudan returns to world trade, financial systems after sanction lifted: experts

KHARTOUM, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — The U.S. decision to lift economic sanctions on Sudan constituted a turning point in Sudan’s foreign relations, marking its return to the world trade and financial system, according to Sudanese experts.


Why Lifting Sanctions Against Sudan is the Right Call

Alex de Waal 09 Oct 2017

The US Administration’s decision to lift most sanctions on Sudan, announced today, is long overdue. It is likely that some commentators will see this through the prism of the foreign policy of the Trump Administration, but that would not be correct. For most of its eight years, the Obama Administration tried to lift sanctions and only managed to enact a decision in its very final days, in January this year. Today’s action is continuity with Obama, not change.


There are several reasons why lifting sanctions is the correct decision.


First, sanctions on Sudan did not contribute to democratization or human rights. Most of these sanctions have been in place for twenty years or longer. The idea that maintaining them in place would cause the regime to fall is absurd: President Omar al Bashir has displayed a remarkable capacity for endurance. Meanwhile, forcing much of the economic activity in the country into the shadows served only to increase the political-economic elite’s reliance on other sanctioned countries such as Iran, and some Middle Eastern and Asian countries and businesses ready to circumvent sanctions. Those who suffered most were legitimate business people.


Second, the sanctions no longer had any credibility. There is a long list of broken American promises to lift sanctions. In 2001, the George W. Bush Administration’s promise of normalizing relations with Sudan was one of the factors that motivated the Sudanese government to negotiate and sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. When that was finally signed, in January 2005, the U.S. shifted the goalposts—for good reason, because the war in Darfur was raging and the government was clearly culpable of major war crimes. The following year, the U.S. set conditions relating to Darfur for lifting sanctions, most notably, signing a peace agreement and allowing in United Nations troops. Khartoum did both those things but Washington DC did not reciprocate.


The most significant broken promise was at the time of the independence of South Sudan in 2011. The Sudanese government cooperated with the referendum on self-determination in southern Sudan and publicly endorsed and welcomed the result. During this process, Senator John Kerry served as a Presidential Envoy to Sudan, promising that should South Sudan be allowed to become independent with northern Sudanese cooperation, sanctions would be lifted and a process of debt relief would be initiated. South Sudan seceded peacefully. The U.S. did not fulfill its side of the bargain.


Although Sudan was placed on the list of State Sponsors of Terror for good reasons in the 1990s, the reason for failing to remove it from the list was purely political. Sudan cooperated with the CIA even before September 11 and continued to do so afterwards, but the listing was maintained because Sudan was so unpopular in Congress.


The sanctions were maintained because the Sudanese government has an extremely poor record on human rights and democracy. But if sanctions are to serve as any kind of incentive for the government to change its behaviour, they will only work if they are credible—that is, if they are lifted when the government does what is asked of it. If the sanctioning country changes the criteria every time the sanctions come up for review, they cease to be an instrument of policy and simply become a signal of condemnation.


Third, lifting sanctions on Sudan is a step towards solving the civil war in South Sudan. The South Sudanese civil war is primarily the responsibility of the South Sudanese political elites. But there cannot be resolution to the war until the neighboring countries that have vested political, economic and security interests in South Sudan come to an agreement—either on a common strategy, or at minimum not to conduct a proxy conflict. Three countries need to agree: Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda. It simply isn’t possible for Sudan to be a constructive partner in making peace in South Sudan while it is still the target of sanctions.


Sudan lost the great majority of its oil reserves and its foreign exchange when South Sudan became independent. Under the agreement on ‘transitional financial arrangements’ between Sudan and South Sudan, signed a year after independence, a three-and-a-half year fiscal gap of just over $10 billion was to met equally from three sources: Sudan’s own austerity measures, payments from South Sudan as part of the deal to keep oil flowing along the pipeline, and international assistance. The international assistance required a joint approach from the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to international donors, so that this agreement could be fully implemented alongside a final allocation of the debt liabilities of the two countries (Sudan was to assume the entire debt burden). South Sudan refused to participate in the joint approach to donors. The U.S. didn’t take any steps to fulfill that promise either. One outcome is that Khartoum has tried to squeeze every dollar out of South Sudanese oil transshipments, and western donors don’t have much leverage to back up their complaints.


When sanctions are lifted, it means that South Sudanese oil can—for the first time—be sold on international markets without the opprobrium of having been pumped through Sudan. It will allow for the terms of the financial deal between Sudan and South Sudan to be renegotiated in a more transparent and favourable way. And as Sudan is still potentially the most important outside influence on South Sudan, lifting sanctions paves the way for a more constructive peace process in South Sudan.


Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation, and one of the leading experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa. 


This piece first appeared on the website of the World Peace Foundation.



بيان حول رفع العقوبات الأمريكية عن السودان

لقد ظل مركز العلاقات الدولية يتابع عن كثب الجهود الإيجابية التي ظل يبذلها السودان في كافة المجالات، كما تابع بتقدير كبير ما ظلت تشهده علاقات السودان مع الولايات المتحدة من حوار إيجابي متصل ومتواصل أفضى إلى القرار الإيجابي الذي أصدره الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترامب يوم الجمعة الموافق 6 أكتوبر 2017 والذي قضى برفع وإلغاء العقوبات الاقتصادية الأمريكية عن السودان بشكل كامل، حيث جاء القرار اعترافاً وتقديراً للتطورات الإيجابية التي ظلت تنتظم السودان والتي تمثلت في تتويج الحوار الوطني والحوار المجتمعي والتوافق بين كافة شرائح المجتمع والقوى السياسية السودانية.


Sudan-America Friendship Society holds meeting

The Sudanese-American Friendship Society held meeting , Tuesday , which was chaired by its Chairman, Dr Abdul-Majid Abdul-Gadir.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary-General of the Council for International People's Friendship(CIPF), Engineer Abdul-Monem Al-Sunni.


Sudan cancer doctors eye US sanctions relief for patients

Resting on a hospital bed after a session of chemotherapy, Sudanese banker Mohamed Hasan vividly recalls the day when doctors told him he had blood cancer.


US Center for International Private Enterprise Starts Engaging with Sudan

The Center for International Private Enterprise an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce has officially started work in Sudan. 

Minister of State for Finance, Abdul Rahman Dharar, said this was initiated to develop activity between the private sector between the two countries.

The Center for International Private Enterprise aims to promote democracy around the world from during economic reform to the market oriented, Dirar pointing out that  in the during on Monday a workshop spical to the dedicated Center’s work that the sanctions and the siege imposed lead to dealing outside legal frameworks and regulations.

Secretary General of the Federation of Employers Bakri Yousif stressed the need to seek to establish and create relations and boost cooperation with the American private sector and engage in direct negotiations with companies, thus preventing corruption and achieving the principle of transparency in negotiations.

International companies announced, including the US earlier this year that they would invest in the local market if all sanctions were lifted from the Khartoum.

The Center for International Private Enterprise is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. 

Sudanese Senior Official: Postponing date of lift American sanctions on Sudan will effect negatively on both countries

In first comment , on the American decision Tramp of Postponing date of lift American sanctions on Sudan for another three months , an economic official said " decision will effect on Sudan and similarly on American society and companies which will lost many chances of economic benefits in Sudan. 


Disorganized White House Blamed for Delay in Sudan Sanctions Decision

The White House announced this week it would put off any decision on Sudanese sanctions by an additional three months, a delay that former officials and Africa experts say reflects internal chaos inside the U.S. government.


Is it Time to Take Sudan Off the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?

Atlantic Council report recommends review of designation as part of an effort to energize ties


US President Donald J. Trump’s administration should conduct a long-overdue review of the designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, according to a new report from the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. 


Sudan’s Engagement with US enters new phase

Notwithstanding its inclusion in Donald Trump’s travel ban to the United States, Sudan is determined to pursue friendly relations with Washington. The country’s diplomatic gear is in full force with the country’s Parliamentary Speaker, Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Omer leading a delegation of lawmakers to Washington in a renewed rapprochement with the new Trump administration.


Trump Administration Is Supportive of "Advancing" Relationship with Sudan: Envoy

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is supportive to the improvement of bilateral relations with the Sudan, said the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Steven Koutsis in a speech about the lift of economic sanctions he made in Khartoum on Thursday.


Democratic Reforms Underway in Sudan With Eyes Set on Washington

Testing the outcome of a three-year-long national dialogue among 107 political parties and movements in the East African country of Sudan has begun with possible shocks to the political system

New York, NY, May 15, 2017(Newswire.com) - Ongoing political reforms in the East African country of Sudan are set to shift the political landscape of the region in historic proportions, even as analysts caution that the country could slide into a one-party rule with potential consequences of groupthink and absence of opposition.


Lightings on Trump's Visit to the Kingdom

Hashim Alamin

1- Selecting the KSA by the US president Donald Trump to be his first station in Arab and Islamic world was not accidental but carefully planned. Actually Trump and the accompanying delegation have got surprised by the hospitality they found which reflected the Metal authenticity of the KSA people and their government as well.

President Trump thanked the people of the Kingdom for this great reception ever seen.


American Wheat Shipment

In the news Sayga Investment Co. Ltd., Which is one of the largest flour suppliers in Sudan, announced that a U.S. wheat shipment arrived in Port Sudan as the first trade deal between American and Sudanese companies since the ease of economic sanctions last January.

In a press release Sayga affirmed that an American wheat shipment of 51,000 metric tonnes for Sayga coming from Houston, Texas has arrived in Port Sudan on Monday.


Lifting of US Sanctions Creates Conducive Business and Investment Enviroment to Sudan

(Muawad Mustafa - Neimat al Naiem) - Khartoum - The Delegation of the European Union to Sudan is celebrating these days the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. 

On coincidence with occasion, Sudan Vision has conducted a brief interview with the Head of Delegation of the European Union in Sudan, H.E. Ambassador Jean Michel Dumond. The interview tackled several areas related to the EU assistance to Sudan.


ديناميات العلاقات السودانية الأمريكية

د. خضر هارون أحمد - د. عادل حسن محمد أحمد


The Domino Effect of Sudanese-American Relations


Sudanese-American relations date back to President Theodore Roosevelt to Africa in 1909. Although these relations have lingered for very long, they have been stained with strained relations. Sudan is still on the list of countries which harbor terrorism. There are many predictions with regards to these relations, one of which includes the lifting of sanctions which is scheduled to take place soon. Sudanese-U.S. relations are expected to improve in the near future. 


The Sudan Has Transcended the Era of Tension with the US: Undersecretary

(Mohamed Amin Yasein, Al Watan Newspaper (Qatar)) - Arabic Interview:  with Abd Elghani Elnaim, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Sudan

Ambassador A. Ghani ElNaim, Undersecretary of the Sudanese Ministry of Finance categorically denied that members of the extremist terrorist groups live in the Sudan, as the US administration alleged to justify restricting Sudanese entry to the US.  He said “we are neither terrorists nor sponsors of terror” H.E. spoke about ongoing contacts with the new US administration that will be crowned with a meeting shortly between the Sudanese Foreign Minister Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour and his American counterpart.  He spoke highly of the developments in Sudanese-Qatari relations saying: The State of Qatar supported the Sudan through all difficult stages, especially the initiative that is supported by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Ibn Hamad Al Thani for peace in Darfur until that task was tackled, as well as the ceaseless activities of Qatari diplomacy in all fields in support of the Sudan, regionally and internationally.


NISS Chief US Visit .. Breakthrough and Gains

Muawad Mustafa Rashid

The Director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), 1st Lt. Gen. (Eng.) Mohamed Atta Al-Mawla Abbas, has visited Washington, DC, in response to an invitation extended by the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the FBI Director, as well as a number of Congressmen.

The Department of State in a statement issued last September welcomed Sudanese government efforts to combat terrorism and its increased cooperation with Washington.


Building Blocks to July

(Alsir Sidahmed –Sudanow)

Gradually and step by step the momentum is building towards July deadline , where the new Trump administration will lift finally economic sanctions on Sudan, or re-instate sanctions that were eased by former President Barak Obama in the last hours of his waning presidency.

Khartoum has appointed a military attaché’, in a reciprocal move to one taken by Washington, whose military man has arrived already in town, thus rolling back 28 years of rupture in this field. A statement attributed to foreign minister Ibrahim Ghadour stated that there is already an agreement between the two countries to promote their diplomatic relations to ambassadorial level from the current one of charge d’Affairs.


Americans Are Coming (2)

Omer Bakri Abu Haraz

I am greatly overwhelmed by the wide spread communication of my article of last week – The American Are Coming – especially in its Arabic version in Akhir Lahza Daily. This encourages me to write a continuation to the article to point out the following:


The American Are Coming

Omer Bakri Abu Haraz

A new era of governance in Sudan is expected to start in the coning few months. The major driving force of the new look of the Salvation Regime is America in coordination with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Canada and the EU. This expectation is deduced from the following ten circumstantial evidences:


Union of Arab Banks : Effect of American Sanctions on Sudan is very tough and tight restrictions

Union of Arab Banks" U A B ' describes American Sanctions on Sudan very tough and tight restrictions and tock a promise to have a head start to alleviate and compensate Sudan and other Arab states for the damage caused by this sanctions.

Some of these Promises tackled in two - day workshop organized by "U A B " in Khartoum last week After lifting the American Sanction from Sudan recently are Restore relations of Correspondent Banks with Sudanese Banks, Marketing the Investment projects of infra structures particular in sector of Airlines and Navy transportation. In addition to equip Sudan with modern technology of increase production in agriculture and industry and improving methods of education. 


Washington Overture Policy Towards Khartoum

Jamal Al Deen Alagraby

For today American foreign policy towards Muslims minority in US is against US constitution. The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it in all likelihood since Donald Trump has arrived to the White house, Trump suggested to prevent the entry of Muslims to his country after the Paris attacks, which killed 130 people, last year.

This proposal was met with a wave of widespread criticism within the United States and abroad. But Trump defended by, saying it is important to ensure the security of the United States.


قراءة تحليلية لقرار رفــع الحظر عـن السودان

أ. فيصل جلال


أخيرًا وبعد طول انتظار قررت الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية رفع العقوبات الاقتصادية عن السودان، بعد عشرين عامًا من الحصار والقطيعة، بعد أن تبين للإدارة الأمريكية حسب ما قال السيد مايك تونر، المتحدث باسم الخارجية الأمريكية، أن السودان لم يعد يشكل تهديدًا للأمن القومي الأمريكي أو المصالح الأمريكية. وما إن انتهى المؤتمر الصحفي للخارجية الأمريكية حتى غمرت فرحة عارمة جموع الشعب السوداني برفع العقوبات وامتلأت مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي وقربات الواتسآب» بالنكات والصور الساخرة، التي تظهر مدى تلهف السودانيين لإلغاء العقوبات


الصراع بين القضاء وترامب علي اثر الامر التنفيذي الخاص بحظر 7 دول اسلامية

أثار قرار الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترامب، بشأن منع دخول مواطني إيران و6 دول عربية لأمريكا لمدة 90 يومًا، بجانب عدم السماح بدخول اللاجئين السوريين لمدة 120 يومًا، ردود فعل غاضبة في الأوساط الحقوقية، والرأي العام على مستوى دول العالم.


Trump Administration Should Finish Job And Permanently Lift Sudan Sanctions

Doug Bandow

On his way out of Washington President Barack Obama provisionally lifted economic sanctions against Sudan. The action was long overdue. Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump should complete the process of bringing Khartoum back in from the cold.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir took power in a coup in 1989. His rule has been autocratic and Islamist, under which political opponents and religious minorities alike suffered. Worst has been the internal conflict. A brutal civil war long raged in the south, leading to creation of a separate nation. Bloody strife still afflicts other areas.


Easing Sudan Sanctions is Good; but Much More Is Necessary

By Lawrence Freeman

On January 13, 2017, one week before the end of his term, President Obama issued a long overdue decision: the Sudan Executive Order. It is a partial lifting of US sanctions against Sudan allowing trade and commerce with this previously ostracized African nation. This creates a potential to provide vital economic relief to the people of Sudan, who have been the victims of this unjust trade embargo and financial stranglehold imposed by the Western financial system for almost twenty years. There are some sanctions that remain in effect, with U.S. State Department unfairly maintaining Sudan on the list of “states sponsoring terrorism.” While the executive order is only for six months and will have to be reviewed by President Trump on July 12; the incoming Presidents team was briefed prior to the issuance of this executive order. There are reports that President Trump, may permanently remove the sanctions altogether, but this remains to be seen. Under the Sudan Executive Order, businesses interested in investing in Sudan will be able obtain licenses. Also, U.S. and foreign banks will be allowed to conduct financial transactions with Sudan and its people without fear of being penalized.

This belated decision to finally ease sanctions after almost two decades was not done out of altruistic concern or compassion for the Sudanese people. Rather, it emanated from geo-political calculations–the same flawed political thinking of Western intuitions responsible for the terrible economic conditions in Sudan and South Sudan today! For over thirty years, an anti-Khartoum cabal met in Washington DC conspiring to divide Sudan. Their cynical effort did result in the 2011 break-up the largest nation in Africa, but not for the benefit of the poor Sudanese people living in the south. Their intent was to create another flank for regime change. It failed miserably, as anyone with knowledge of the countries could have foreseen. The same Western institutions that have brought South Sudan to what some have already label a “failed State” now want to take away its sovereignty, which South Sudan rightfully rejects. The danger of allowing South Sudan to spiral out of control is beyond what some imagined when they began this gambit.

Why Ease Sanctions Now?

The following factors should be considered. First, the decades long policy to topple the government of President Omar al-Bashir, and weaken the central governing authority of Khartoum has failed. However the effects the policy did succeed in imposing harsh living conditions on the Sudanese people. Second, the West desperately needs Sudan in the Horn of Africa. The US and Great Britain supported the campaign to separate South Sudan from Sudan, but it is not possible to stabilize South Sudan without the active involvement of the leadership in Khartoum. Anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong and does not understand how Sudanese society functions. Third, the recent shift of alliance by Sudan away from Iran and towards Saudi Arabia is considered favorable to the US and UK special relationship with Saudi Arabia. Fourth, the sharing of information between Sudan and US intelligence agencies in the war against ISIS has led to a new level of collaboration.

Vision for the Future

What needs to be done (and should have been done over a half century ago when Sudan achieved independence from its British colonial master) is to immediately assist Sudan, and now South Sudan too, in realizing its full agricultural potential.  It has been known for many decades that Sudan contains one of the largest uncultivated area of arable lands in the world, which is now divided between the two nations. Before its forced separation, studies were conducted that estimated Sudan potentially could produce enough food to feed the entire continent of Africa-approximately one billion people. Northern Sudan is another rich area for agriculture production that is sitting on top of a gigantic underground lake-the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer. In addition to oil, Sudan is rich in other valuable mineral resources that have never been developed.  Uniquely Sudan is also a melting pot of cultures from North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, which anyone can see visiting its capitol, Khartoum.

Port Sudan is already part of China’s Maritime Silk Road. The entire continent is now being developed for the first time, with major infrastructure projects in energy, rail, road, and water as China’s Silk Road has expanded into the continent over the last decade.  Once freed from sanctions and isolation, Sudan can contribute to the development of the Horn of Africa, utilizing its location at the crossroads of the future East-West railroad. The potential for expanded rail connection in the Horn and across the continent already exist with the construction of the Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway and the Addis Ababa-Djibouti electrified railroad; both built with technical and financial assistance from China. Ethiopia’s completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in 2018 will help power the region with 6,000 megawatts of electricity, literally energizing East Africa’s rate of development.    

Since the nineteenth century Sudan has been coveted for its strategic position in Africa as an abundant land mass that encompasses the Nile River, bordering seven nations, and the Red Sea.  A stable, peaceful and prosperous Sudan benefits not only Africa, but all nations on the planet. Let us not delay one moment longer the realization of this eminently feasible vision. Improving the standard of living of a poor people is a superior foreign policy to overthrowing governments and imposing sanctions.

Seattle judge blocks Trump immigration order; government to appeal

By Dan Levine and Scott Malone

SEATTLE/BOSTON Feb 3 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday put a nationwide block on U.S. President Donald Trump's week-old executive order temporarily barring refugees and nationals from seven countries from entering the United States.

The Seattle judge's temporary restraining order represents a major setback for Trump's action, although his administration could still have the policy put back into effect with an appeal.


Riding the Nile train: could lifting US sanctions get Sudan's railway on track?

Riding the train from Khartoum to Sudan’s north-eastern city of Atbara brings back a flood of bittersweet memories for Abdelhalim Tayeb of what Sudan’s railway once represented.

“When it came to trains, Sudan used to be a role model for other countries,” said the 59-year-old businessman. “Now all we have is this train from Khartoum to Atbara.”

Sudan’s railway network, built in the late 19th century under what was effectively British colonial rule, used to be the backbone of the country’s economy and symbol for national unity and pride. But US sanctions – first imposed in 1997 in reaction to President Omar al-Bashir’s propensity to harbour extremists, and then tightened in 2006 for human rights violations in Darfur – have contributed to the demise of Africa’s second largest railway.


Sudan thanks Saudi Arabia for helping lift sanctions


RIYADH: Sudanese officials have acknowledged that Saudi Arabia went the extra mile to help to lift US sanctions on Sudan, a north African country which seeks a strong relationship with the US and its allies in the Middle East.

US President Barack Obama ordered on Friday lifting of trade sanctions on Sudan, which was first handed down by the Bill Clinton administration.

King Salman telephoned Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir Friday night, congratulating him on the successful surgery he has undergone as well as the lifting of US sanctions on Sudan.


Khartoum Welcomes Lifting of Partial U.S. Sanctions on Sudan

By: Mohamed Abdalla

Khartoum-The government of Sudan has welcomed the US Administration step towards lifting economic sanctions imposed on Sudan in 1997. Foreign Affairs Minister and

the head of the lifting sanctions committee, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour and the members from the lined ministries concerned with the sanctions held a press conference yesterday to brief media on the US decision.

Ghandour affirmed that US doesn’t stipulate the decision with six months, adding that the decision actually will be enforced next Tuesday. Ghandour said that the 180 days mentioned in the decision means that the starting operation of the decision will be after 6 months, but due to “special exemption” Sudan obtained an additional value.


Obama administration to lift some sanctions against Sudan

By Anne Gearan 

The United States will ease some financial sanctions against Sudan in recognition of what the Obama administration says are small areas of improvement in fighting terrorism and other U.S. goals, the White House announced Friday.

The move, which lifts elements of a U.S. trade embargo in place since the Clinton administration, is a show of goodwill toward the government of longtime Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

But the changes would not fully take effect for six months, allowing the incoming Trump administration to assess whether that progress continues or to reverse then policy. U.S. officials said Trump transition officials have been briefed on the shift but would not provide details of those discussions or predict what the Republican president-elect will do.


United States Lifting Select Sanctions on Sudan

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

January 13, 2017


Why is the United States lifting sanctions on Sudan now?  Today’s actions to lift sanctions on Sudan and were the culmination of months of intensive bilateral engagement with Sudan. The United States and Sudan committed to focus on achieving progress in five key areas: ceasing hostilities in Darfur and the Two Areas, improving humanitarian access, ending negative interference in South Sudan, enhancing cooperation on counterterrorism, and addressing the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). This process began in June, 2016.


مسؤولون في الإدارة الأمريكية يحثون البنوك العالمية للتعامل مع السودان

حث مسؤولون في الإدارة الأميركية البنوك العالمية على التعامل مع السودان في مجالات المساعدات الإنسانية والمعاملات الشخصية وبعض المجالات التجارية المستثناة من العقوبات.

وبحسب المسؤول في مكتب مراقبة الأصول الأجنبية بالولايات المتحدة سين كين خلال اجتماع عقد في لندن تنفيذ وتطبيق العقوبات الأميركية فإن العقوبات وسيلة لتحقيق غاية، وقال إن التعامل مع المصارف السودانية مسموح به إذا كان لا ينخرط فيه أي شخص أميركي أو يمر عبر فرع بالولايات المتحدة.


اجتماع في لندن يبحث رفع حظر التحويلات البنكية للسودان .. دعت إليه إدارة العقوبات الأميركية لتوضيح الإجراءات الجديدة

الخرطوم: سيف اليزل بابكر

تشهد العاصمة البريطانية لندن خلال اليومين المقبلين، اجتماعا تاريخيا للسودان، إذ دعا رئيس الإدارة الأميركية، المسؤولة عن ملف العقوبات الاقتصادية، إلى لقاء يجمع مراسلي البنوك العالمية ووفد من محافظ بنك السودان المركزي وآخرين، وذلك لتنويرهم بالقرارات الأميركية التي صدرت أخيرا لرفع الحظر عن التحويلات المالية البنكية إلى الخرطوم، وهو الحظر الذي بدأ منذ تسعة أعوام، وتسبب في تدني نمو الاقتصاد الكلي وزيادة أعباء معيشة المواطنين السودانيين، إلا أن الحكومة السودانية استطاعت التعايش مع المشكلة طيلة هذه السنين.


Connecting the Dots: US, Israel and the Sudan Why Lifting US Sanctions on the Sudan Has Long Proven Elusive? (1)

Mubarak M.Musa

To elucidate the power and influence of the Israel lobby on the US Congress, the Israeli author and peace activist Uri Avnery once joked “

if the pro-Israeli lobby like AIBAC were to table a resolution abolishing the Ten Commandments, 80 Senators and 300 Congressmen would sign it at once.”

The above joke highlights the enigma or say the stigma that  increasingly baffles or even haunts  the multitude of  political analysts and observers in the US and the world today; to what extend it is true that Israeli interests, dictate what the America is doing worldwide? How far accurate are the mounting warnings that Jewish interest groups or Jewish voters have generally "hijacked" the U.S. foreign policy to make it subservient to Israeli interests. And at times, at the United States' expense? Even if such policy does not in essence, translate the true American interests. Darfur and sanctions on Sudan as shall be latter reviewed, can aptly be the case-study.


Sudan: U.S.-Sudan Higher Education Cooperation Returns

The USA has agreed to restore a number of exchange programmes with Sudanese higher education institutions.

After 20 years of programme suspension, the US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth has announced the return of the American Fulbright Scholars and American Fulbright Specialists programmes to Sudan.

These programmes will bring American experts to work with Sudanese universities in building capacity and strengthening US-Sudan university partnerships, according to a media note of the American Embassy in Khartoum today.


Are Coercive US Sanctions On their Last Legs?

By:Khalid Al Mubarak

Unilateral coercive US Sanctions on the Sudan have lasted since the 1990s and have devastated the economy. The railways, aviation, trade, banking, agriculture, education, health, as well as relations with the US-dominated IMF and World Bank were all impacted. The US may not be as dominant as it was immediately after the Second World War; but, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and despite the emergence of China, it remains the most influential world hegemony. The US National Strategy (2015) stresses preserving the current international order and enforcing US ability to project power across the globe. When this power was unleashed at the Sudan ,focusing on the civil war in the South, it had momentous repercussions .There are many  minorities in Africa ,Asia and Europe with deeply held grievances and a genuine desire for secession. They struggle to garner regional or international recognition; but the US’s support for the SPLM/A was the decisive factor in engineering the Referendum in which Southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly for secession in 2011. Contrary to the widely held view, US sanctions on the Sudan were never plain sailing. They were challenged by big business when soft drinks companies convinced President Clinton to exempt Gum Arabic from sanctions.


In Khartoum, Some See Signs of Pending U.S. Sanctions Rollback

By Kira Zalan

Everyone in Sudan with any ties to the outside world has stories of how U.S. sanctions can turn a legitimate financial transaction into an exercise in stoic patience. Buying medication or paying school tuition may take weeks or months and involve exorbitant costs, cash couriers and logistical gymnastics through trust-based networks.

Such hoops have only gotten higher since French bank BNP Paribas agreed in June 2014 to an $8.9 billion settlement with U.S. authorities for processing billions of dollars in transactions linked to Sudan and other blacklisted countries. The record-breaking deal led to what many in Sudan describe as "over-compliance" by international banks no longer willing to serve them.


في ورشة وزارة المعادن .. وزير المعادن: أكثر من 351 شركة تعمل في مجال الذهب



توقعات بدخول السودان القائمة العالمية لإنتاج الذهب نهاية العام

الخرطوم : يوسف محمد يوسف

ظل مشروع القرار الامريكي البريطاني بحظر الذهب السوداني يشغل بال الاقتصاديين والسياسيين معا والذي تم اجهاضه عبر الدبلوماسية السودانية ونظمت وزارة المعادن ورشة سياسات الذهب في السودان وتداعيات الحظر الامريكي.


Special Rapporteur: Sanctions on Sudan Are “Stupid and Hurting the Most Impoverished”

Geneva -- Mr. Idriss Jazairy, Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures in several resolutions and declarations adopted by United Nations entities, human rights, has described sanctions imposed on Sudan as “stupidity”

While addressing a world anti-sanctions conference in Geneva, Jazairy argued that the sanctions are “stupid” because they are in contradiction with positive development of conditions in Sudan, and that they are mostly hurting the poor, children and women. 

He indicated that the re other alternatives to overcoming differences among countries.  


Time To Remove U.S. Sanctions On Sudan


Like the dog that didn’t bark in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale, little advertising promotes American goods in Khartoum. Washington has banned most business with Sudan.

As I point out on Forbes: “Sanctions have become a tool of choice for Washington, yet severing commercial relations rarely has promoted America’s ends. Nothing obvious has been achieved in Sudan, where the U.S. stands alone. It is time for Washington to drop its embargo.

The Clinton administration first imposed restrictions in 1993, citing Khartoum as an official state sponsor of terrorism. The Bush administration imposed additional restrictions in response to continuing ethnic conflict.”

U.S. sanctions are not watertight, but America matters, especially to an underdeveloped nation like Sudan. At the Khartoum airport I spoke with an Egyptian businessman who said “sanctions have sucked the life out of the economy.” A Sudanese economics ministry official complained that “Sanctions create many obstacles to the development process.” In some areas the poverty rate runs 50 percent.

Ironically, among the strongest supporters of economic coercion have been American Christians, yet Sudanese Christians say they suffer from Washington’s restrictions. Explained Rev. Filotheos Farag of Khartoum’s El Shahidein Coptic Church, “we want to cancel all the sanctions.”


Sudan Calls on Conferees in India to Support AU Decisions against ICC

State Minister at the Ministry of Justice Tahani Ali Tor Aldaba has called the conferees in the meetings of the Asian legal Consultative session in India to condemn the Coercive unilateral sanctions imposed on Sudan as they are in violation of the international charters and the international humanitarian law.
She demanded the conference to condemn the of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the President of the Republic taking a supporting stance to the African Union decisions against the ICC


US Sanctions behind the Fade of Sudan Airways: Minister

Minister of Transport, Roads and Bridges, Eng. Makkawi Mohamed Awad has acknowledged existence problems and obstacles that crippled Sudan Airways and prevented it from performing its role saying that, “We don’t own a single plane and all the planes are chartered”


Why African Leaders Want US to Lift Sanctions on the Sudan

African heads of state and governments summit have recently adopted a declaration calling upon, not only the US to lift all sanctions and restrictions imposed on the Sudan, but likewise upon all states of the world not to recognise or apply these measures and to effectively counter them as appropriate.

Guided by the objectives of the African Union (AU) to achieve greater unity and solidarity between the African countries, and bearing in mind the negative socio-economic impacts and human costs of the American’s unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Sudan since 1997, particularly on the civilian population and cognizant of Sudan tireless effort in peace making locally and regionally.


Environment Projects: a breakthrough in unilateral sanctions imposed on the Sudan

Sudan has managed to break the unilaterally coercive sanction imposed by the West, when it managed to attract millions of dollars to implement environment projects.

The unilaterally led US economic siege imposed on Sudan has serious impact touching different sides of life of the ordinary Sudanese people. The sanctions have, furthermore, threatened both human and environmental fields in the country, dragging people into the vicious circle of poverty and underdevelopment.


US & Western boycott: Negative effects on the overall economic situation in Sudan

The Global Relations Center has organized on Tuesday, 08/03/2016, its periodic forum presented by Professor Al Kindi Yusuf Mohamed Osman. Mr. Al Kindi talked about (US & Western boycott: Negative effects on the overall economic situation in the Sudan).


Meeting of Reviewing the Impact of American Sanctions against Different Sudanese Sections & Categories Committee

The Global Relations Center has held on Sunday, on 28/02/2016 the meeting of reviewing the impact of American sanctions against different Sudanese sections & categories committee ; the meeting was attended by a group of interested researchers and representatives of various sectors and partner research centers. The meeting's agenda included a paper on sanctions presented by the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament.



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