Sudan has paid $335 million to compensate victims of past attacks against the United States (US) as part of an agreement that removed the struggling country from Washington’s list of “state sponsors of terrorism” – also known as its “terror blacklist” – secretary of state Antony Blinken said.
Khartoum’s transitional, civilian-backed government provided the funds for survivors and victims’ families from attacks including the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by al-Qaeda, which was backed by Sudan’s then-leader, Omar al-Bashir.
Bashir was toppled in April 2019.
“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 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 to the package last year as it desperately sought to free itself from the designation, which severely hindered investment in a country still grappling with unrest and tough economic conditions.
Former president Donald Trump agreed last year to remove Sudan but only after securing an agreement by Sudan to recognise Israel, a US ally.—Al Jazeera 1998