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South Sudan welcomes U.S. lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan


Sudan's Omar al-Bashir shares a moment with South Sudan's Salva Kiir in Equatoria Guinea, November 23, 2016 (AP)

October 7, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government on Saturday welcomed the decision of the United States lifting of economic sanctions on neighbouring Sudan, describing as a positive step.

“Sudan is not just a neighbour, not just an African country. It is the country from which we seceded and so there is a lot we share in common. There is an attachment and when a neighbour prospers the fortunate trickle down and extends to other neighbours, whether directly or indirectly”, former presidential adviser, Bona Malwal Madut said Saturday when reached to comment on the lifting of sanctions on Sudan.

Also, the Presidential Adviser on Security Affairs, Tut Kew Gatluak told Sudan Tribune separately that the decision to lift the economic sanctions on Sudan was encouraging and good decision.

“This is an encouraging and good decision. We were once part of Sudan and we don’t wish Sudan bad thing. That is not our culture. We wish someone you have been together a success in life”, said Gatluak

The South Sudanese officials were reacting to a decision taken on Friday by the government of United States of America to permanently lift the 20-year economic sanctions on Sudan.

The decision represents a major policy shift in how to bring about reforms in Sudan, where President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has clung to power since taking office in a military coup in 1989.

Instead of relying solely on punishment via sanctions, the new strategy is to use relief to encourage more changes.

While economic sanctions have been lifted the decision leaves other sanctions in place Sanctions on Individuals with arrest warrants related to atrocities committed during the conflict in Darfur have not been lifted. Sudan remains on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. A separate review is underway on that designation.


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  • 8 October 2017 02:16, by lino

    By lifting these sanctions, Sudan should use it a step forward to end the war, make a comprehensive and just peace in the country, settle all post issues with South Sudan,and recognize Dinka Ngok of Abyei unilateral Referendum!!!

    • 8 October 2017 04:07, by john akeen

      That is right, for the first time that you have said something very important, we shouldn’t fight ourselves now, we supposed to collect all our belongings from North Sudan first before we fight ourselves, our argument supposed to be after the arguments that we have with North Sudan regarding our belongings, we suppose to get everything first then we can argue each other after that

    • 8 October 2017 06:36, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Let South Sudan work hard for peace in order to get free economic sanctions from international economist.
      South Sudan ,is destroying by itself politically and militarily.
      S. Sudanese politicians should be worry about their love once.

    • 8 October 2017 08:12, by Newsudan

      Sudan is dangerous terrorists state: Benjamin Netanyahu

    • 8 October 2017 11:00, by Eastern

      Dream on! SPLM-North is still being supported by other countries using South Sudan as conduit and that must stop moving forward. There’re Ngok Dinka already in Sudanese government. Talking of unilateral referendum to decide the fate of Abyei only reminds that all Kiir’s clueless followers think the world operates like cattle kingdom that South Sudan has become under Kiir..! Nobody will support it!

  • 8 October 2017 09:05, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Those people who have business and properties in Sudan are the ones rejoicing on the uplifting of economic sanction imposed in that country. We should not forget at one time we were underwent brutality and dehumanization in their system. Right now as we write people in South Kordofan, South Blue Nile and the whole of Darfur are going through the same conditions. They need peace justice and freedom

    • 8 October 2017 13:29, by jubaone

      The worthless and visionless Jienge regime thinks the US lifting of sanctions against Sudan implies U$ dollars will be readily available and jienges can now rash to Khartoum to start selling dollars in the streets like they have been doing in Customs Market, Juba na Bari and Malakia. The slave rejoices bcoz his master shall give him a few dollars. 👊 bam jienges.

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