President Bashir suspends talks with US over removal of sanctions

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Following Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir’s decision to suspend talks with U.S. over imposed sanctions, talks to resolve the issue now remains in limbo.

The president took the decision in what is seen as a reaction over President Donald Trump’s decision to delay the removal of sanctions.

President Trump prolonged a review period to October 12, before his administration decides whether or not to permanently lift the decades-old sanctions.

His predecessor Barack Obama had eased the sanctions in January, but kept Sudan on review for six months, a period that ended on Wednesday.

El-Bashir has however recognized the steps made over the talks.

United States imposed restrictions on Sudan over human rights violations, and links to terrorism.

Part of the deal that saw relaxation of  the limitations was granting independence to South Sudan, improvement of human rights in Darfur region and cutting links with perceived terrorist groups.

Prior to Bashir’s decree, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour voiced Khartoum’s disappointment over Trump’s order.

“We regret such a decision that came out after long negotiations between Sudan and the United States,” he said.

“The United States, Europe, Africa and the international community admit that Sudan has fulfilled its commitments when it comes to the five tracks, which is why we don’t see any reason for extending the review period,” he told reporters.

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