Sudanese- US Dialogue and the Requirements to Remove Sudan from Terrorism List

Neimat al Naiem

Sudanese- US relations entered a new phase represented into continuation of the second phase of the Sudanese-US dialogue, and the removing Sudan ‘name from terrorism sponsor list. The current visit of Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, minister of foreign affairs to Washington will push forward this dialogue between the two sides. He said in press statements that this round schedule Tuesday will address the lifting of Sudan name for terrorism list.
Al-Dirdiri explained the great efforts exerted by Sudan in combating terrorism at the local, regional and international levels; in addition to the efforts in maintaining peace, security in the countries in the region. It worth mentioning that Sudan is also exerting noticeable efforts to achieve peace in Central African Republic, represented by the recent tour of the minister of foreign affairs in the African countries.
The government welcomed the declaration of the US Administration expressing readiness to remove Sudan name from the list of state sponsoring terrorism. The government welcomed also the second phase of the Sudanese-US strategic dialogue. This phase of the dialogue expected to wide and expands the bilateral cooperation to realize more progress.
The minister of foreign affairs held meeting with the US deputy State minister John Sullivan discussing the standing issues.
The minister of foreign affairs visit also to some European countries including Italy, Germany, Belgium and France will enhance and support the efforts of removing Sudan name from terrorism list .
Some reports issued from the US side said that Sudan achieved positive progress in cooperating to combat terrorism.
Sudanese officials have insisted on the need of the country to be removed entirely from the list of states sponsor terrorism, it cannot be the benefit from the debt relief and international development aid.
The good will in removing Sudan name from that black list is so important. Looking in depth in these efforts exerted by Sudan, and at the same time looking between lines in these reports, it is very clear that Sudan name will be lifted. It may a matter of time.
This round of the second phase of the Sudanese- US dialogue expects to put dots on the letters for this important and vital issue. This round determined the requirements to remove Sudan from the terrorism sponsor list, which means peace, security and stability not only for Sudan, but for the whole region.
The good will in removing Sudan name from that black list is so important. There are noticeable efforts being exerted in Sudan and in the region to realize peace, security, and stability in Sudan and in the context of African initiative from the South Sudan to host the peace talks between Sudan government and the SPLM-N concerns the two areas, the Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and Darfur.

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