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US to ease sanctions on Sudan to allow educational exchange: diplomat


February 4, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The top US diplomat in Sudan revealed today that Washington will soon make changes to its sanctions regulations that will allow educational institutions in both countries to deal directly with one another.

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The US imposed comprehensive sanctions on Sudan in 1997 (US Embassy in Khartoum website)

Washington imposed economic and trade sanctions on Sudan in 1997 in response to its alleged connection to terror networks and human rights abuses. In 2007 it strengthened the embargo, citing abuses in Darfur which it labelled as genocide.

In 2010 the US announced it was easing sanctions on agriculture equipment and services which allowed half a dozen companies to obtain export licenses.

Khartoum has lobbied Washington intensively to lift sanctions but little progress has been made on this front.

In an interview with the independent al-Sahafa newspaper, the American charge d’affaires Joseph D Stafford said the Obama administration is prepared to hold comprehensive, frank and transparent dialogue with Khartoum on all issues that prevent normalisation of bilateral ties.

Stafford noted that security cooperation between the two sides, which strengthened more than a decade ago, is continuing, describing it as “good”.

However, the US diplomat called on Khartoum to resolve internal conflicts in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

He also denied the US is biased in favour of any party in Sudan and strongly dismissed accusations by officials in Khartoum that Washington is behind the “New Dawn” charter signed by opposition and rebel groups in Kampala last month.

Stafford said that Washington informed Sudanese rebels that they oppose any attempt to overthrow the regime by force and urged them to seek dialogue with Khartoum.

“We are only biased towards peace in Sudan,” the US official said.

He said that his country had stopped granting visas to Sudanese and reduced its staff following demonstrations last September which broke out in Khartoum at the US embassy over a film that was perceived as insulting towards the Prophet Mohammad.

Stafford called this a temporary measure that he hopes will soon be reversed.


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  • 5 February 2013 07:30, by Jalaby

    US should lift economic sanction and clear off Sudan from their terror list countries immediately and unconditionally!
    Sudan government should resolve BN & SK issue to close the door in front of the anti-Sudan lobby in US and helps Obama administration!

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    • 5 February 2013 07:36, by Jalaby

      I don’t see any reason for a bad relation with US after we cut off the rot (Mo’afin) part (the south) from our body and let them go and fight and kill each others over cows!!
      US Secretary of affairs, Mr. John Kerry is required to meet his promises and lift Sudan from US terror list and should add South Sudan to that list instead for undermining security in Mali!!!!

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      • 5 February 2013 08:55, by Nuer Empire

        Jallaby:US must and will not lift Sudan from the terrorists lists! A recent visible terrorist link is the membership in OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation).Why should the gov’t participate in religious affairs? They are terrorists and the sanction will be generation to generation sanction.
        The Nuer Empire

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      • 5 February 2013 12:44, by jwok

        Under the criminal government, Sudan will not be remove from US terror list, how come country ruling and controlling by war criminals can be remove from terror list
        But once they (NCP) captured by the ICC, then chances are there for Sudan to be remove from the terror list
        Even we in South Sudan, we will urge the international community to lift Sudan from the list
        Their days are limited

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      • 5 February 2013 14:07, by zulu


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    • 5 February 2013 07:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Sudan cannot be delete from terrorism list while Bashir and his security advisers are still making gennocide in Darfur, southern kordofan and blue nile and other parts south sudan. Says Alah kirim because education policy is lifted but ECONOMY will be still ties.

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      • 5 February 2013 08:22, by Northern Sudanese

        Ayuiu Makuac Lam
        there is no genocide in sudan + spraying insects is cleaning not genocide :D

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        • 5 February 2013 23:15, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

          Hi first blind man North Sudanese the genocide that u did in Darfur and south sudan is a cleaning of insect?
          why u alway lying God that ur are really beleaver and said Allah Haber five time a day is not thing?
          and u killed darfurian also and they are muslim like u .
          there is no God from Muslim communities at all.

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  • 5 February 2013 07:41, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    U. S Obama administration is coward that’s why i love Bush regime. How can sanction be lifted to exchange some departments even terroism section will lobby through that policy.

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    • 5 February 2013 07:58, by master

      if you love Bush admin or not you are mere stooge not more
      to jalaby
      let american do what they want

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      • 5 February 2013 08:20, by Mohammed Ali 2

        Yes Master, let the Americans do what they want. They have tried hardly to harm us to no avail.It is funny that he is saying that the US is not biased! He admits that Sudan is co-operating will on security , yet it is still on the terrorist list, which was labelled unfair and unjust by President Carter. More-over,what had BN,SK & Darfur to do with terrorism and the US? These are internal affairs.

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        • 5 February 2013 08:29, by Mohammed Ali 2

          con: US is not supposed to interfer in our internal affairs.Again,he wants Khartoum to resolve BN & SK problems!Al Hilou lost the elections and started a war, Agar won the elections wants to keep " his army" under the flag of another country!Would the US allow such a thing or any allied country to it? The youngest child in Sudan understands that , us uses these problems to put pressure on Sudan.

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          • 5 February 2013 12:33, by Nuer Empire

            US has to monitor your terrorist activities very well! Israeli will deal with you untill a man from Republican come to power in 2016.
            The Nuer Empire

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  • 5 February 2013 16:17, by Pif Paf

    The US government will no doubt lift all sanctions on Sudan because it is for the good of both countries. Sudan has been at the forefront of war on terror and has contributed alot in its capacity. Furthermore sanctions have little effect in terms of crippling the Sudanese economy, therefore the US and Sudan will soon establish full diplomatic ties for the good of both nations.

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  • 5 February 2013 17:43, by James Maker Akok

    North Sudan
    I told you that time you North Sudan Government you will be remove from UN right for your denying that you have not paid UN money. Now I’m telling you again US will not remove North Sudan from list of terrors.

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    • 5 February 2013 19:04, by Northern Sudanese

      James Maker Akok
      that UN thing is mainly written and created by ST, most newspapers who speak about it claim that its coming from ST. so what ST says about sudan is 85% composed of lies :)

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      • 5 February 2013 23:20, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

        You really mean it North sudanese b/c the big killer mr Bashir was not captured by ICC upto now that why u said UN is not thing.

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  • 5 February 2013 19:06, by Northern Sudanese

    US is losing a lot of money for not trading with Sudan, at the time washington can benefit from Sudan more than any other country that can benefit from Sudan. US has got the big companies, great technology and much more than China but sanctions prevent everything.

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    • 6 February 2013 19:56, by James Maker Akok

      LOL, I have never hearing the North Sudan business with US since I been in US. What I been hearing now from US Government is to make business with South Sudan.

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