Pakistan Company News – Sudan suspends talks with U.S. after postponing decision on lifting sanctions

Sudan suspends talks with U.S. after postponing decision on lifting sanctions

Khartoum (IINA) � Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday suspended negotiations with Washington aimed at ending sanctions against Khartoum, after the United States extended its embargo for another three months, AFP reported quoting state media.

US President Donald Trump prolonged a review period late on Tuesday to October 12 before his administration decides whether or not to permanently lift the two-decade-old sanctions.

Trump's predecessor Barack Obama had eased the sanctions in January, but kept Sudan under review for six months, a period that ended on Wednesday.

In his executive order issued on Tuesday, Trump extended the deadline, saying more time is needed for the review. And on Wednesday, Bashir decided to suspend the talks between Washington and Khartoum.

Bashir issued a presidential decree ordering the suspension of the committee that was negotiating (the lifting of the sanctions) with the United States until October 12, the official news agency SUNA said, quoting a presidential decree.

The committee has been negotiating for more than a year with US officials on lifting the American trade embargo in force against Khartoum since 1997.

Source: International Islamic News Agency