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