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Sudan says loses U.S. $45 billion dollars due to U.S. sanctions 

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Tuesday said it has lost 45 billion U.S. dollars due to the American sanctions which had been imposed on it since 1997, Sudan’s Ashorooq Net reported.

“The loss has affected the transport, industry and agriculture sectors,” Badr-Eddin Mahmoud Abbas, Sudan’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, was quoted as saying.

“The sanctions led to Sudan’s inability to fulfill its external debts,” he added.

He further noted that the decision of former U.S. President Barack Obama to lift the American sanctions from Sudan last January is likely to lead to increasing foreign transactions and facilitate financial transfers which would in turn contribute to increasing the development projects.

Last Jan. 13, former U.S. President Barack Obama issued a decision to cancel two executive orders imposing economic sanctions on Sudan.

The United States had been imposing sanctions on Sudan since 1997 and putting it on its list of countries sponsoring terrorism since 1993.

Since then, Washington had been renewing its sanctions on Sudan due to the continuing war in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions in addition to a number of outstanding issues with South Sudan, such as the territorial dispute over the oil-rich Abyei area.

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Sudan shows “regret and dismay” at U.S. travel ban

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Tuesday expressed regret and dismay over decision by U.S. President Donald Trump restricting Sudanese nationals traveling to America.

“Sudan’s Foreign Ministry expresses its deep regret and dismay over the Executive Order, issued by U.S. President Donald Trump, renewing restriction on traveling of Sudanese citizens to the United State,” Gariballah Al Khidir, Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman, told Xinhua.

“The decision came at a time when the Sudanese government is combating terrorism,” he noted, disclosing that diplomatic contacts by the Sudanese government are ongoing with the U.S. to remove Sudan’s name from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

He said Sudan has shown during the past months a high degree of seriousness and credibility via the deliberations of the five tracks plan which proved importance of the role being played by Sudan as a partner in fighting the threat of terrorism.

He reiterated that terrorism is not associated with a specific religion or race, pointing out that combating terrorism needs cooperation of all parties not barriers and restrictions.

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman further urged the U.S. administration to reconsider its decision regarding the Sudanese citizens, saying “the Sudanese are known for their good characteristics, where no crimes or terrorist incidents have been monitored for them in the United State.”

On Monday U.S. President Trump issued a new Executive Order banning travel of citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, to the United States.

However, the executive order excluded Iraq, which was included in the previous order, which at the time prompted worldwide controversy, before a federal U.S. court issued a verdict suspending it.

The new U.S. travel ban executive order is set to go into effect as of current March 16.

Trump signed the first executive order one week after his inauguration, but a federal judge in Seattle, Washington state, ruled that President Donald Trump’s executive order on the travel ban would be suspended nationwide, a move denounced by Trump who said the travel ban was for the security of the American people.

             

 

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