Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Asmaa Abdalla/ Al Jazeera Mubasher
Sudan’s foreign minister says removal from US terror list top priority
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Asmaa Abdalla, Sudan’s first female foreign minister, says Khartoum welcomes financial support without interference.
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera on Sunday, shortly Asmaa Abdalla said that while the “challenges were many”, removing the country from the list would lead to a desperately needed economic revival in the post-Omar al-Bashir era.
“This will be undertaken through direct communication with the US administration,” Abdalla said, adding that the issue has already been raised by Abdalla Hamdok, the country’s new prime minister and a veteran economist.
The US named Sudan a “state sponsor of terror” in 1993, four years after al-Bashir seized power in a military coup, over allegations that the government was supporting terrorism. The designation makes the country ineligible for much-needed debt relief and funding from international institutions, and limits potential foreign investment.
Abdalla is Sudan’s first-ever female minister and one of the four women named by Hamdok in the 18-member cabinet, the first since the military removed al-Bashir on April 11 in the face of mass pro-democracy protests.