Trump: U.S. to remove Sudan from state terrorism sponsors list after payment to victims

Trump: U.S. to remove Sudan from state terrorism sponsors list after payment to victims

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WASHINGTON/DUBAI/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – President Donald Trump announced on Monday the United States would remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism

as soon as Khartoum sets aside the $335 million it has agreed to pay to American victims of militant attacks and their families.

The deal could also set in motion steps by Sudan toward establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, a U.S. official told Reuters, following similar U.S.-brokered moves by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The details were still being worked out, the source said.

Although Trump made no mention of Israel in his tweet announcing the breakthrough with Sudan, rapprochement between Israel and another Arab country would give Trump a new diplomatic achievement as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3.