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Qatar calls for removal of Sudan from US list of ‘states sponsoring terrorism’

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Doha reaffirms its position in helping reconstruct Sudan.

Qatar has called for the removal of Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism, affirming its strict position towards supporting the country’s unity, stability and sovereignty.

In a speech delivered by Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri, the official placed great emphasis on the negative impact of the continued classification of Sudan on the list of states sponsoring terrorism.

Sudan must be removed from this list in order to help the country rise again, reconstruct all the damage sustained over the years and to overcome its developmental and economic challenges, Al Mansouri said.

Countries on the US’ list of states sponsoring terrorism are not eligible for aid from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, two key international organisations that help nations in dire conditions, like Sudan, stand on their feet.

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Washington placed Sudan on the list in 1993 over its alleged involvement in harbouring terrorist figures, including Al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden. 

The UN has previously called on the US to remove Sudan from the list to help enable the country to overcome its challenges. 

Washington began the delisting process in 2017, but put it on hold due to pro-democracy protests that led to the ousting of former president Omar Al-Bashir, who played a significant role in the Darfur genocide that saw the murder of at least 300,000 people.

Since his ousting in 2019, Khartoum and Washington have vowed to improve ties after nearly three decades of hostility.

In May, Sudan appointed its first ambassador to the United States in more than two decades.

The State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) list was created in 1979, with Sudan, Syria, Iran, and North Korea currently on the list.


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