Sudan had paid $335 million for the compensation of victims of past U.S. attacks under an agreement to remove the country in struggle from Washington’s list of “state terrorist sponsors” – also known as its “black list” of terrorist attacks – Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
The transitional civilian-backed government in Khartoum provided funds for survivors and families of victims, including 1998 attacks by Al-Qaeda, supported by Sudan’s leading leader, Omar al-Bashir, on the US Embassy in Kenya and Tanzania.
In April 2019, Bashir was overthrown.
“We hope this aids them in finding some resolution for the terrible tragedies that occurred,” Blinken said in a statement, referring to the US families of victims. “With this challenging process behind us, US-Sudan relations can start a new chapter.”
We commend the efforts of Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government to resolve long-outstanding claims of victims of terrorism and look forward to starting a new chapter in our bilateral relationship.— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 31, 2021
“We look forward to expanding our bilateral relationship and to continuing our support for the efforts of the civilian-led transitional government to deliver freedom, peace and justice to the Sudanese people,” he added.
Sudan agreed last year on the package, desperately striving to free itself from the designation that severely hampered investment in a country still struggling against turmoil and harsh economic conditions.
Former President Donald Trump agreed to remove Sudan last year but was only able to secure a Sudan agreement to recognize Israel, an ally of the United States.
In Washington, this de-listing was received very well, though some said that it focused unfairly on the victims of the United States and that it did not compensate the Africans who formed the majority of the victims in the 1998 bombing.
The compensation is also to be paid for the 2000 al-Qaeda attack on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen and the killing of US development worker John Granville in 2008 in Khartoum.
Some legislators also urged that Sudan compensate the people affected by the attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok vowed to turn a page by ending conflict and providing greater economic opportunities and making reconciliation with the United States an early priority.
Last week, the US said that it had helped Sudan to clear the debt with more than 1 billion dollars in loans, allowing the country once again to receive World Bank and IMF support.