Sudan welcomes U.S. lifting travel ban on Sudanese citizens

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-25 23:13:59|Editor: yan
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KHARTOUM, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Sudan government on Monday welcomed a U.S. decision on crossing Sudan off the list of a U.S. travel ban, said Sudan's Foreign Ministry in a statement Monday.

The ministry further regarded the U.S. decision as "positive and important," which removes ban on Sudanese nationals to enter the United States.

It suggests development in the bilateral relations between Sudan and the United States, it added, saying that the decision was a result of a prolonged, frank dialogue, and also joint efforts from both sides.

The ministry reiterated determination of the Sudanese government to make efforts for the removal of any barriers impeding full normalization of the bilateral relations.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed on Sunday a proclamation expanding the list of countries whose citizens are prohibited from entering the United States, but removed Sudan from the original list which included Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Iran and Libya.

Sudan hopes that the U.S. would decide to permanently lift the sanctions imposed on Sudan in October.

The United States extended a review period of three months in July to decide whether to permanently lift trade sanctions on Sudan, given its human rights records and other issues.

On Jan. 13, former U.S. President Barack Obama issued a decision to cancel two executive orders imposing economic sanctions on Sudan. The executive orders gave 180 days for review before the sanctions are fully lifted to ensure the Sudanese government maintains its efforts on human rights and anti-terrorism.

The decision also allowed for the resumption of all banking transactions and trade exchanges between the two countries.