What Happened: Sudan must still meet several qualifications before the United States will consider removing the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior official with the U.S. State Department has said, Reuters reported Aug. 7.
Why It Matters: Sudan's continued place on Washington's state sponsors of terrorism list presents a huge hurdle for Khartoum, as it deters foreign investment and prevents the country from accessing World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other financial institutions for much-needed economic assistance. The U.S. decision thus nixes the possibility of any quick help from the West to mitigate Sudan's ongoing economic woes for the foreseeable future.
Background: In his statement, the U.S. official said Sudan still needed to address issues in specific areas such as human rights, counterterrorism, religious rights and general internal peace and stability. Khartoum has been on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993 due to the country's links with international jihadists at the time, including Osama bin Laden.