By Sohaila Barghash
During a session held at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, Al-Salami defended Sudan saying the country had successfully fulfilled the requirements in order to lift its name from the US’ “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list, which the North African country has been labelled on since 1993.
He added: “The time has come to alleviate the sufferings of the Sudanese people”.
The session was initially dedicated for Sudan, where the Sudanese president of National Assembly, Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, as well as a number of the Arab parliaments’ representatives have attended.
Al-Salami claimed that the main objective of the meeting was to support what he described as “just demand of lifting Sudan from the American list of state sponsors of terrorism.”
Pointing out that “In cooperation with Sudan’s National Assembly and foreign ministry, the Arab Parliament has prepared a legal note, comprising all the matter’s aspects and what has been achieved by the Sudanese government”.
The memo, which was welcomed and supported by Arab, regional and international governments, demanded and encouraged Sudan’s continuous efforts to combat terrorism, achieve peace in the State of Southern Sudan, promote human rights and provide humanitarian assistance in the country’s conflict areas.
Al-Salami also noted that removing Sudan from the US’ terror list would help Khartoum “develop its economy, build partnerships and trade agreements with Arab and foreign countries, launch reform programmes for education, health and infrastructure, and address the issues of unemployment and poverty.”
On 6 October 2017, US President Donald Trump lifted the long-standing trade embargo against Sudan, yet continued to recognize the African country as a place of terror.
As a result, Sudan continues to face a ban on international weapons sales as well as restrictions on US aid.