OIC Welcomes US Lifting of Sanctions on Sudan

Jeddah, MINA – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Friday welcomed the US decision to lift economic sanctions on Sudan, which have been imposed since 1997, KUNA reported.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yusuf Al-Othaimeen said the lifting of sanctions would contribute to peace, stability and economic growth in Sudan.

The Sudanese people, he added in a statement, suffered from the American unilateral sanctions and revoking them would help improve bilateral relations between Khartoum and Washington.

He said OIC has been urging the American administration to lift the sanctions on Sudan.

Al-Othaimeen called on the Sudanese and US sides to continue dialogue.

The US state department announced lifting of sanctions in recognition of Sudan’s sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas, and improving humanitarian access and maintaining cooperation with the US on regional conflicts and terrorism threats.

The revocation will go into effect on October 12 and was made after a 16-month diplomatic effort with Sudan in the “key areas” of interest. (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)