Al-Bashir thanks Kuwait for help in lifting US sanctions

AP adopts work plan to remove Sudan from terrorism list

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir

KHARTOUM, Jan 1, (KUNA): Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir on Sunday expressed anew gratitude for Kuwait’s diplomatic role for lifting US sanctions on his nation.

The curbs were lifted after the world acknowledged that Sudan “constituted a prime base for fighting terrorism,” said Al- Bashir in a speech marking the independence anniversary. He thanked Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Arab Maghreb states for supporting African states, namely his nation. Washington during era of expresident Barack Obama partially lifted sanctions, slapped on Khartoum 20 years ago.

The former US president, Bill Clinton, signed in 1997 an executive order barring any trade or transactions between US firms or individuals and Sudan. Sudan in its foreign policy has remained committed to the international partnership for beefing up regional and international security and peace, combating terrorism, money laundering and human trafficking, he said.

On Yemen, he affirmed that Sudan’s participation in the operation for resorting legitimacy is in line with its adherence to renouncing terrorism and aggression. Al-Bashir re-affirmed support for the Palestinian cause and rejecting the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people.

Meanwhile, the Arab Parliament (AP) has adopted a work plan that will seek to see Sudan removed for the list of states sponsors of terrorism. An ad hoc committee has been formed for the purpose, chaired by AP Speaker Dr Meshal Al- Salmi. According to the plan, the AP will move on the Arab, regional and international levels, focusing on Sudan’s active role on the three scenes, Al-Salmi.

He referred to Sudan’s efforts for combating terrorism, both in the Arab and Muslim world “as a pivotal state in the 41-nation Saudi- led Islamic Military Alliance against terrorism.” Sudan is also a member of the Arab Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, and it cooperates effectively on the African and international scenes to combat terrorism, Al- Salmi said. He pointed to Khartoum’s positive and active role for countering regional interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries, as well as for achieving security and safety in Africa.

The AP will work in coordination with the Sudanese foreign ministry, the Sudanese National Assembly (parliament) and the Arab League, on the broad lines of AP’s moves.

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