By Nizar Manek, 21 June 2017
- Trump administration due to rule on a permanent repeal in July
- Removing sanctions ‘better of two imperfect options,’ ICG says
The U.S. should permanently lift trade sanctions on Sudan to boost Washington’s leverage to push for political reforms, even if the African country has only made limited progress in improving aid access and ceasing hostilities against rebels, the International Crisis Group said.
Under an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in January, the temporary easing of some sanctions will become permanent if Sudan’s government sustains progress in key areas, including helping the U.S. in the fight against terror and stopping internal conflict. President Donald Trump’s administration is due to decide on the next step by July 12.