PM: Compensations is Only Outstanding Issue in Negotiations with US

By: Zuleikha Abdul Razik

Khartoum- Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said in a press conference at Khartoum Airport on Sunday following his return from a six-day visit to the United States of America that compensation for victims of terror attacks is the only outstanding issue in the ongoing negotiations with Washington on removing Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
The Prime Minister said that the dialogue with Washington when it started there were (7) conditions for removing Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, and he clarified that what remains now is one condition related to settlement with families of the victims, pointing out that there is a court ruling against Sudan regarding embassies bombings by 11 billion dollars, and affirmed their success in reducing the amount to hundreds of millions.
The Prime Minister said that negotiation is continuing in order to achieving an agreement that would settle all these files and stressed that the goal of making a settlement with the families of the American victims is to reach an agreement that protects Sudan from any prosecution later.
Hamdok described the visit to the United States as historic and provided an opportunity to reflect the new face of Sudan and that it came at the invitation of the American administration.
He said that the visit was full of activities and meetings with US officials that included the State Department, the Treasury, Defense, the CIA and USAID, as well as meetings with members of Congress, the Senate and Representatives, which included meetings of the heads of foreign relations committees in both houses, as well as a meeting with the heads of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund besides the meeting of the Sudanese community.
The Prime Minister affirmed the continuation of the dialogue with the American side to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
 He said that Sudan was able to reduce the American conditions through dialogue from 7 conditions to two conditions: cooperation in the field of combating terrorism and agreement on compensation for the families of the victims. He added they have a homogeneous team present and working with the American side on these issues to reach an agreement.
He affirmed that the issue of removing Sudan’s name from the American list of terrorism is a stage process that passes through the Congress “and therefore we had meetings with its members.
Hamdok reaffirmed Sudan’s keenness to normalize its relations with the United States of America after the level of diplomatic representation between the two countries was upgraded and the establishment of good relations between the two countries that take into account the interests of the country.
Hamdok announced that Sudan would play a role in the file of the Renaissance Dam, saying that it works with the American administration and the World Bank to reach an agreement that satisfies all parties.
He said that the issue of the Renaissance Dam is linked to strategies related to water, economy and dam issues, and that Sudan has a real interest in it.

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