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ICC Note: Five months after the US lifted sanctions on Sudan, Khartoum has asked to be removed from the State Sponsor of Terror list as well. They wish to be re-integrated into the international community. Before this happens, however, they must first demonstrate a commitment to religious freedom by allowing Christians to build churches and worship openly.

03/28/2018 Sudan (Voice of America) – Last year, the United States lifted long-standing economic sanctions against Sudan. The sanctions included a trade embargo, a freeze on some government assets, and restrictions on Sudanese banks and the ability of foreign banks to do business with Sudan.

But instead of revitalizing the economy, lifting the sanctions has highlighted a range of additional steps that Sudan must take to normalize relations and, perhaps, improve the country’s economic outlook, experts say.

Diplomatic Process

For decades, Sudan and the U.S. have experienced more tension than cooperation. Low points have included the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Khartoum in 1973, Sudan’s harboring of Osama bin Laden in the 1990s and the Sudanese government supporting violence against civilians in Darfur, which the U.S. called a genocide.

The first of the now-abolished sanctions were imposed by President Bill Clinton in 1997 over Sudan’s alleged sponsorship of terrorism and poor human rights record.

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