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Sudan Ramps Up D.C. Lobbying Bid as Sanctions Deadline Looms (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Friday, June 16, 2017, 17:59

Sudan is on the cusp of ending its long status as a pariah in Washington, and the African nation is bolstering its stable of lobbyists to ensure that it happens soon.

The government of President Umar al-Bashir -- which is listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism -- has hired Washington law firm Squire Patton Boggs LLP at a cost of $40,000 a month to lobby on its behalf as part of its accelerating campaign to ensure that President Donald Trump permanently lifts sanctions against the country ahead of a deadline next month, according to a filing with the Justice Department.

Under an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in January, a temporary easing of sanctions against Sudan would be made permanent after six months if Khartoum sustains progress in five key areas, including helping the U.S. in the fight against terror, allowing humanitarian access and easing conflict throughout the country. That would allow fresh investment into an oil-exporting nation that remains one of the world’s poorest.

“That would open a door to heaven between the two countries,” Maowia Osman Khalid, Sudan’s ambassador to the U.S., said in an interview. "I can assure you too that many major U.S. companies are knocking on the door right now. They are just waiting for the report in July.”

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