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Friday, 17 November 2017

Fernandez Calls on Washington to Intensify Cooperation with Sudan

Khartoum – (smc) An American report lauds Sudan’s cooperation in anti-terrorism activities pointing out to the improvement achieved in this regard.
Former US Special Envoy to Sudan from 2005 to 2007, Ambassador Alberto Fernandez said that today there is no good reason why Sudan should not be removed from the U.S. state sponsor of terrorism list with some very clear political caveats. He called for increasing counterterrorism cooperation between the Sudanese and U.S. governments.
For his part, Ambassador Phil Carter, former Senior Advisor, Acting Assistant Secretary, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Africa Bureau lauded the efforts of Sudan in countering terrorism, pointing out that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an inter-governmental body that combats money laundering and terrorist financing – lifted sanctions on the activities of the Central Bank of Sudan. The FATF ensured that the bank was following international laws and statutes on transparency, so it was no longer included on any kind of a blacklist.
“In terms of counterterrorism issues, I think Sudan has taken action and is continuing to take actions to mitigate these concerns. They’ve been having discussions with a lot of folks, and the neighborhood they are in is getting tougher for them in many respects. Also, Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir is also looking at ways to normalize Sudan’s relationships with its neighbors and to focus more on the domestic development and economic challenges his country is facing.” Said Carter to the Cipher Brief website