United States Demands $330 Million to Take Sudan Off Terrorism List
Although it denies the accusations, Sudan has agreed to pay the sum in order to normalize relations with the rest of the world.
The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, is demanding that Sudan pay the US a compensation fee of 330 million dollars to take Sudan off the US State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) list. Pompeo reportedly proposed the offer ahead of Sudan's new peace deal between Sudan's transitional government and the rebel force alliance, Sudan Revolution Front. With barely enough time to recover from 17 years of civil war, Sudan's transitional government reportedly favours the proposal.
Sudan was added on the US terrorist in 1993 for allegedly sponsoring international terrorist acts under al-Bashir's presidency. Al-Qaeda, an Islamic militant organisation, is reportedly responsible for the simultaneous bomb attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 2008. The attacks killed over 200 people and caused massive infrastructure damage. Two years later al-Qaeda publicly claimed responsibility for the bombing of U.S.S. Cole Navy ship which killed 17 sailors and fatally wounded over 39 people.
This is a second proposal from the US; earlier in the year Sudan's transitional government agreed to compensate families of U.S.S Cole Navy Ship bombing but publicly stated that it was not responsible for the act. Sudan Ministry of Justice released a public statement explaining the compensation would be paid "only in order to meet the prerequisites set by the American Administration for removing the name of the Sudan from the list of states sponsors of international terrorism, so that relations with the United States of America and the rest of the world could be normalized."
Despite agreeing to pay 70 million dollars the US did not remove Sudan from the terrorist list. "The Sudanese reminded me that they would love to get off that list and we always measure twice and cut once before we remove someone from a list like that", Pompeo reportedly stated to New York Times in February this year.
The transitional government has only been in power since the ousting of al-Bashir and is pressured to comply due to the country being cut off from receiving international financial aid. Sudan's democratic elections are set for 2022 and the transitional government needs to foster good relations with the US and the world.
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