Speaker of the Saudi Shura Council, Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh,, expressed his country’s support for Sudan to overcome its challenges and to demand that it be removed from the list of terrorism, pointing out that Sudan has never been a supporter or participant in any terrorist act.
In a speech delivered at hearing in the Arab Parliament on Monday in Cairo, Al-Sheikh confirmed that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Crown Prince, is keen on supporting its brothers and friends, adding that his country providing more than 23 billion riyals loans for development projects in Sudan in the last four years.
In October 2017, Washington decided to lift economic sanctions on Sudan in line with a five-track framework reached by the countries in December 2016. Khartoum, accordingly, authorized humanitarian access to civilians in Darfur and unilaterally declared a cessation of hostilities in Darfur, the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
The two countries agreed to resume talks on the normalization of bilateral talks and the lift of remaining sanctions particularly its designation as a state sponsor of terrorist groups.
Sudanese officials insist on the need to remove Sudan from the list of terror states, pointing out that the country cannot benefit from the debt relief and international development aid without this measure.
But Washington insists on the need to improve Human rights, religious freedom and other freedoms in a way to create a conducive environment for the opposition group to take part in the constitutional process after the signing of a peace agreement with the armed groups.