The US listed Sudan as a terrorist country during the reign of Ex-Sudan leader, Omar Al Bashir

The US listed Sudan as a terrorist country during the reign of Ex-Sudan leader, Omar Al Bashir

Sudan’s elite plead with Trump to remove Sudan from terror list

Elite group of Sudan who include academics, activists, politicians and community leaders have signed an open letter to US President Donald Trump calling for Sudan to be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The lengthy letter asks for Sudan to be taken off the list citing that the ills of the deposed regime should not affect the ongoing revolution.

Sudan was added to the list in 1993 over charges that then-President Omar al-Bashir’s government was supporting terrorism but he has since been overthrown.

One of the signatories, President of the Sudan Doctors Union UK branch Dr Sara Abdigalil, told BBC Newsday that the sanctions have limited options for any investment.

“Things have changed obviously the whole non-violence resistance is against the leaders of the geology that supported terrorism. Lifting the sanctions has got benefits not only for the people of Sudan but globally. If you talk about terrorism without having sort of economic stability it will be difficult to fight terrorism,” she said.

In the open letter that has 79 signatories, the leaders say the removal of Sudan from the list will provide better investment opportunities.

Sudan was also targeted by sanctions over Khartoum’s alleged support for groups, including al-Qaida.

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