Sudan regrets name on U.S. human trafficking list

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-06 03:33:50|Editor: Zhou Xin
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KHARTOUM, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese government on Thursday expressed regret over U.S. administration's decision to add Sudan to the list of countries accused of failing to combat human trafficking.

"Sudan's Foreign Ministry expresses its deep regret over the decision issued by the U.S. administration placing Sudan on the list of countries accused of not doing enough to combat human trafficking," the ministry said in a statement.

The statement reiterated Sudan government's commitment to combating the phenomenon of human trafficking according to the national laws, top of them the Combating of Human Trafficking Act for 2014, in addition to its commitment to the related international laws.

The ministry pointed to the efforts made by Khartoum to combat human trafficking, saying that the government has established centers for the accommodation and protection of human trafficking victims and provision of support for them.

Sudan has also developed mechanisms to document and investigate the identities of human trafficking victims and to bring the perpetrators to justice, not to mention the government's efforts to monitor and control the borders, it said.

The ministry also renewed Sudan's commitment to continue its cooperation with the international community to combat human trafficking.

It urged the international community and the U.S. to provide technical and technological support for the concerned authorities in Sudan and support the local communities which are hosting thousands of refugees in Sudan.

The White House declared on Sept. 30 adding six countries to the list including Sudan, Iran, Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and South Sudan.

Sudan is considered one of the thoroughfares for human trafficking and illegal immigration.

European countries had previously vowed to support Sudan in combating human trafficking after Khartoum asked for logistical air and maritime support to pursue the multi-national human smugglers.