Foreign Affairs Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drain on Monday mentioned that France will put pressure to eliminate Sudan from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and support initiatives to reestablish the nation among the international community.
Le Drianvisited Khartoum for a day which marked the first such visit to Sudan by France’s top envoy in over a decade.
His trip happened as the African nation converts to civilian rule following decades of autocratic power.
Le Drianwhile speaking at the joint press conference with Sudanese representative Asma Mohammad Abdallah said, “ We will utilize our influence to assure that Sudan is dropped from the list. It is the foundation of assurance of formation of a new relationship for Sudan with financial institutions, everything is most obviously interlinked.”
Having faced decades of US blacklisting along with a trade blockade imposed on Sudan in 1997 has forced international investors to stay away from the country resulting in its isolation from the international economy.
Sudan’s deteriorating economic conditions were the major incitement for protests across the country that resulted in the eviction of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April this year.
The US removed the penalty in October 2017 but still mentioned Sudan in the terrorism sponsors list alongside North Korea, Iran, and Syria. Sudan was on the list for Khartoum’s supposed backing towards Islamist militant organizations. Al-Qaida leader and founder Osama Bin Laden also took shelter in Sudan between 1992 and 1996.
According to Le Drian, the crucial part taken up by the Army of Sudan in the agitation against Bashir will play a key role in the removal of Sudan from the US Blacklist. He said, “ The manner in which the army took up the responsibility during this period goes on the road to the removal of Sudan from the list .”