The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday reiterated Ethiopia’s commitment to support Sudan’s efforts in delisting the African country from the U.S. list of countries “sponsoring terrorism.”
The Ethiopian premier made the statement on Friday during his meeting with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
“Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reaffirmed his commitment to work with the government of Sudan in delisting Sudan from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism and lifting the sanctions,” according to the joint communique that was issued after the two leaders’ meeting on Friday.
Hamdok, who sworn in as Sudan’s prime ministerin August this year, is in Ethiopia as part of his first-ever official visit since he assumed office.
Last month, Sudan’s Hamdok had also emphasized the importance of removing his country from the U.S. list of countries “sponsoring terrorism.”
“Sudan must be removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism and we expect progress in this regard soon,” Hamdok said last month.
“The economic challenge is big, but it can be tackled,” said Hamdok, noting that “we need to address the deterioration in the exchange price, stop inflation and restore confidence in the banking sector.”
The African Union (AU) also recently urged concerned countries to lift all economic sanctions on Sudan in line with its decision to lift the suspension of the participation of Sudan in the AU’s activities.
The Peace and Security Council of the 55-member pan-African bloc, in a statement that followed the council’s decision to lift the suspension of the participation of Sudan in the AU’s activities, also urged other concerned actors to follow suit.
“The Council urges countries concerned to lift all economic and financial sanctions on Sudan, including removing Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, with a view to enhance the economic activities of the country and encourage foreign investments,” an AU statement issued on September 6 read.
The council also “strongly appeals to the broader international community to support the efforts of the AU to this end.”
The AU had also appealed to all AU member countries, the United Nations and all partners to continue providing their support, including mobilization of financial and humanitarian assistance to Sudan, specifically at this critical juncture, with a view to rebuild a peaceful Sudan, as well as creating conducive conditions for economic recovery. Enditem