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Chairman Risch: Today Marks a Turning Point for Sudan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of the Trump Administration’s intent to formally rescind Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST), as well as the announcement of the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel:

“Today’s historic announcement is the start of a new chapter of U.S.-Sudan relations. Removing Sudan’s SST designation will help move the Sudanese people even farther along in their transition toward democracy and an improved economic and security partnership with the United States. This also reflects Prime Minister Hamdok’s efforts to restore Sudan’s credibility as a responsible and peaceful actor in the international community.

“I have spoken to Prime Minister Hamdok on several occasions, and I thank him for working closely with the U.S. government to meet the requirements for the removal of the SST designation. He and the Sudanese people are making a strong down payment on future regional peace, security, and economic prosperity by also committing to working with Israel to normalize relations.”