Sudan is being removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism after paying hundreds of millions of dollars to victims of past attacks and their families, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday.
“Big news! The new government of Sudan, which is making great strides, has agreed to pay $335 million to U.S. terror victims and their families,” he said on Twitter. “After the payment, I will remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Finally, JUSTICE for the American people and a BIG step for Sudan!
The announcement marks a milestone in relations between countries that have steadily improved since the fall of former long-time leader Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
Sudan was placed on the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 on charges of supporting terrorist groups.
In 1997, Washington imposed economic sanctions on the country and tightened them a year later after attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were claimed by al-Qaeda, which had used Sudan as a base of operations.
The threatened removal of Sudan from the list of state sponsors comes as the Trump government continues to press for more countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, after the UAE and Bahrain formally did so last month.
It is unclear whether Sudan will follow this example, but the removal of Sudan was necessary before any possible diplomatic development.
After the official removal of Sudan, the list of state sponsors of terrorism will be reduced to three nations: North Korea, Iran and Syria.