Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has halted until October 12 the work of a committee formed with the United States to negotiate relief from US sanctions, the Sudanese state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday. However, she added the administration needed more time to review the situation and determine whether it was appropriate to lift the sanctions.
Bashir "issued a presidential decree ordering the suspension of the committee that was negotiating (the lifting of the sanctions) with the United States until October 12", the official news agency SUNA said, quoting a presidential decree.More news: Earth's last survivors are going to be water bears
The US Department of State has said that they will revoke sanctions at the end of this three month period if the government of Sudan is assessed to have made sufficient positive actions across all areas listed in E.O.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama announced the lifting of the 20-year-old sanctions in January, a move that would suspend a trade embargo, unfreeze assets and remove financial punishments that have hampered the Sudanese economy.More news: 4.2 magnitude natural disaster jolts Oklahomans
Washington imposed a complex set of economic sanctions on Sudan in 1997 for its alleged backing of Islamist militant groups.
Ahead of the decision, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said that lifting the sanctions permanently is "a right of Sudan, which has fulfilled all its commitments".More news: Turkish police detain producer of Erdogan film over Gulen links
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert credited Sudan with making progress in improving humanitarian access, cooperating with the US on counter-terrorism and preserving a cease-fire in conflict areas.
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