Sudan Urges Washington to Remove Economic Sanctions
(KHARTOUM) — Sudan has minimized statements that Washington will mobilize international community to contribute to plug a part of Sudan’s debt and urged it to remove sanctions.
A Western diplomat recently explained to the Financial Times that Washington because of the sanctions cannot contribute to the international effort to file Sudan’s financial gap as it is agreed in a donors’ conference after the signing of the 2005 peace agreement.
He pointed out that U.S. administration will encourage Sudan’s friends like Qatar and Kuwait and China to step in. He also added that washington would waive sanctions preventing dollar transfers.
Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Al-Obeid Morawah ruled out any deal with the US administration over this issue adding that any American move in this respect should be seen as being part of international community efforts to fulfill its commitments.
If Washington want to undertake a positive move towards Sudan, it must be a lifting of economic sanctions, he said.
Al-Obeid further urged Washington to push to hold "a donors’ conference in Istanbul, which has been delayed as a result of U.S. pressure," he added.
Some officials in Washington like Princeton Lyman, US special envoy for Sudan admit the need to review this position as the deterioration of bilateral relations prevents them from having a proactive role in Sudan’s crisis.
By ST, 12/08/2012