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Trump to remove Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism

On Monday, President Donald Trump said he was ready to remove Sudan from a US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, a major goal of Khartoum, after reaching a compensation deal over the past attacks.

“At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump noted that the Sudan government has agreed to pay a $335 million package as compensation to the US victims of attacks and their families.

“Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list,” Trump said.

Sudan was branded alongside Iran, North Korea, and Syria by Washington as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Sudan has been working tirelessly for years to remove the designation placed on them by the US, a legacy of former dictator Omar al- Bashir’s in welcoming the founder of Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden in the 1990s.

Last year, the nation well known for conflict experienced a historic shift as a youth-led street protest ousted Bashir, and a civilian-backed transitional government was installed.

As Trump seeks to remove Sudan from the list of a state sponsor of terrorism, the administration and lawmakers of both countries have been seeking a compensation package for both the families and victims of attacks.

These attacks include the Al-Qaeda’s bombings of the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

As Trump plans to remove the designation, he has leveraged to ask Sudan to recognize Israel, following the lead by the United Arab Emirates, UAE, and Bahrain.

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