Nov 02, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The United States of America has reinstated the 1997 national emergency on Sudan despite the recently improved bilateral relations between the two countries.
According to a statement released by the U.S. Secretary of State Mike R. Pompeo through the U.S Department of State, the White House has decided to reinstate the Executive Order 13067 of 1997 ahead of its November 3 expiry.
“Today, the White House issued a notice for the continuation of the national emergency with respect to Sudan declared in Executive Order 13067 of 1997.” Read part of the statement from the White House.
The Secretary of State went on to explain that this is being issued in relations to war crimes that were committed in Darfur and it should not affect the progress that was made in the last one year.
“This notice maintains certain Sudan-related authorities, which the United States relies on to implement our sanctions obligations under UN Security Council resolutions related to the conflict in Darfur.” Mike Pompeo explains.
“However, it does not reflect negatively on our improved bilateral relationship with Sudan or on the performance of the civilian-led transitional government and does not have any impact on the decision or procedures to rescind Sudan’s State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) designation.” He continued.
Little Progress made but more remains to be done
The White House believes that Sudan has a lot more to achieve to be on the right side of the U.S; however, the United States is pleased with the little progress made so far.
“Although there remains more to be done, the United States applauds the dramatic progress that the civilian led transitional government has made in working toward freedom, peace, and justice for the Sudanese people.” The U.S. Department of State stated.
The Trump admin appreciates Sudan’s acceptance to normalize ties with Israel and further commend Sudan for joining Abraham Accords.
“We also welcome Sudan’s courageous decision to join the Abraham Accords and normalize ties with Israel in pursuit of peace, security, and prosperity.” The statement continued.
The Americans also recognize the significant improvements that the Sudan’s transitional government has made in advancing human rights and efforts to bring peace to Darfur.
“We recognize the significant improvements that the transitional government has made in advancing human rights and commend its efforts to bring peace to Darfur and Sudan’s other conflict areas.” The U.S. continued.
The Secretary of State also acknowledged the Sudanese efforts towards getting their country removed from the list of terror sponsored states.
“The President’s recent decision to move forward with rescission of Sudan’s SST designation reflects the civilian-led transitional government’s sustained efforts to make sure there is no support for acts of international terrorism.”
Despite the slap on the face, the United States remains committed to building a strategic partnership with Sudan and reinforcing their support to the Sudanese people.
“The United States is invested in building a strategic partnership with Sudan and reinforcing our support to the Sudanese people.” Mike Pompeo said.
With this, the United State is offering to bargain on Darfur related sanctions should the Sudanese leaders continue to cooperate.
“In recognition of the important steps that the Sudanese government has taken toward peace in Sudan’s conflict areas, the United States is committed to working with the Sudanese government and our international partners to identify circumstances that could result in lifting sanctions related to the Darfur conflict at the earliest opportunity. We have already begun consultations at the UN with this objective in mind.” The U.S. Offered.