Sudan says to push for full lifting of USA sanctions

Large parts of the country face starvation in what the United Nations described as the world’s worst hunger

Large parts of the country face starvation in what the United Nations described as the world’s worst hunger

The Obama administration justifying lifting the sanctions by citing improved counterterrorism efforts and other progress in Sudan.

A statement published by Sudan's state news agency on Wednesday said that Al-Bashir has issued a republican decree "freezing the work of the negotiation committee with the United States of America until October 12, 2017".

Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has suspended for a period of three months negotiations with the United States over economic sanctions.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert credited Sudan with making progress in improving humanitarian access, cooperating with the USA on counter-terrorism and preserving a cease-fire in conflict areas.

Human rights groups praised the decision, while Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said any decision other than the immediate and permanent lifting of sanctions was "illogical and unacceptable".

In recent months, several USA and Sudanese officials have said that there was progress on meeting Obama's conditions, also known as "five tracks".

In his executive order issued on Tuesday, Trump extended the deadline, saying "more time is needed" for the review. "Positive progress was achieved", Naim said.

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He said that Washington should realise that Sudan was "important for peace and security" in the region.

Later on Thursday the U.S. embassy in Khartoum issued a security warning to all American citizens in Sudan, urging them to "remain at home" on Friday.

"European countries, regional and worldwide institutions and some American institutions have recognized that Sudan has fulfilled the five-track plan in whole and this has been confirmed in technical meetings with the American side", Ghandour said, referring to the list of US demands.

No Sudanese group had so far urged protests or demonstrations on Friday against the USA extension of sanctions.

At least 300 000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced since the Darfur conflict erupted in 2003, the United Nations says.

Any sanctions relief would not change Sudan's designation by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism, and President Omar Al-Bashir remains wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

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