U.S. postpones decision on Sudan sanctions for three months

Washington The United States on Tuesday postponed for three months a decision on whether to permanently lift economic sanctions on Sudan over its human rights record and other issues, the State Department said.

Former US President Barack Obama lifted the sanctions partially for six months starting on January 13 and a decision by his successor, Donald Trump, on whether to scrap the measures permanently was expected on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Based on the assessment done by an interagency team, led by the US State Department, President Trump has to decide on July 12 on whether Khartoum implemented the five-track plan negotiated with the Sudanese government. He has the choice between approving the lift of sanctions or reinstating them, considering that Khartoum failed to meet the agreed deal.

In a short executive order released late on Tuesday night, President Trump decided to amend the decision of his predecessor Obama by striking 12 July 2017 and inserting in lieu thereof 12 October 2017.

According to the executive order, the delay is needed to better assess the "policies and actions of the government of Sudan, including additional fact-finding and a more comprehensive analysis of the government of Sudan's actions".

The US sanctions on Sudan, imposed since 1997, restrict Washington trade and investment with Khartoum and block the assets of the Sudanese government and certain officials.

Source: International Islamic News Agency