Sudan has been formally removed by the United States from its state sponsors of terrorism blacklist.

This development could assist the African country get international loans to revive its battered economy and end its pariah status.

The US Embassy in Khartoum said in a Facebook post that the removal of Sudan was effective as of Monday December 14, and that a notification to that effect, signed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, would be published in the Federal Register.

It said the 45-day congressional notification period has lapsed.

The announcement came less than two months after the African nation pledged to normalise ties with Israel.

Sudan’s army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who doubles as the head of the Sovereign Council (the country’s highest executive authority) offered his “congratulations to the Sudanese people” in reaction to the announcement.

He said;

“It was a task accomplished… in the spirit of the December revolution”

Sudan is on a fragile transition to democracy following an uprising that led to the military’s ouster of former autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. The county is now ruled by a joint military and civilian government that seeks better ties with Washington and the West.