US President Donald Trump has said Sudan will come off a list of state sponsors of terror if it pays compensation of $335m (£259m).

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said Trump's tweet is 'the strongest support to Sudan’s transition to democracy' [File: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters]

Removing Sudan from state-sponsors of terror list would pave way for country to be relieved of debt and attract foreign investment.

After months of negotiations between the transitional Sudanese government and the US administration about a deal to remove Sudan from Washington’s list of state-sponsors of terrorism (SST), the disclosure of an imminent breakthrough was made, unsurprisingly, in the form of a tweet.

Sudan has been listed since 1993 when al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden lived there as a guest of the government.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Thank you so much, President Trump! We very much look forward to your official notification to Congress rescinding the designation of Sudan as a state-sponsor of terrorism, which has cost Sudan too much. <a href=”https://t.co/GeScTPfb0k”>https://t.co/GeScTPfb0k</a></p>&mdash; Abdalla Hamdok (@SudanPMHamdok) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SudanPMHamdok/status/1318256791453683716?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 19, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

The compensation relates to al-Qaeda’s 1998 bombing of US embassies in Africa.

Rescue effort in the aftermath of the US embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: August 1998

The attacks in Tanzania and Kenya killed more than 220 people and the compensation money is to be paid to “US terror victims and families”, Mr Trump said.

“We very much look forward to your official notification to Congress rescinding the designation of Sudan as a state-sponsor of terrorism, which has cost Sudan too much,” Hamdok wrote, also on Twitter.

The US Congress would need to approve the removal after being formally notified by the president.

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