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'Our desire to open Sudan to foreign investment can only happen if sanctions are lifted', Sudan interim PM says

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Sudan's interim Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok urged the Trump administration to take Sudan off the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, claiming that it was blocking much-needed foreign financial aid and debt renegotiation.

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In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Sudan’s interim Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said the Trump administration’s failure to remove Sudan from a list of countries sponsoring terrorism was blocking much-needed foreign financial aid and debt renegotiation. Although he added he was hopeful that it would happen “soon”, brushing aside comments by US officials that the process could take up to a year. On the issue of negotiations with rebel groups, he said a comprehensive deal was “doable” within six months, his confidence bolstered after a Paris meeting with key rebel leader Abdel Wahid al Nur.

He vowed that the deadly crackdown by security forces against protests in early June would be thoroughly investigated by a committee, rejecting calls from human rights groups that an international probe be conducted. He assured that justice would be served with the investigation leaving ‘no stone unturned”, even if it possibly exposed the involvement of high-level military and security officials.

With regards to former president Omar al-Bashir, he refused to say whether he would agree to send him to the International Criminal Court, where he is wanted for crimes against humanity in Darfur, only pledging that justice will be served. Finally, he expressed confidence that the revolution which brought him to power would deliver peace, stability and democracy to Sudan.

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