Sudan's Bashir 'suspends sanctions talks with US'

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Sudan will continue cooperation with the United States, including on intelligence-sharing, even after halting the work of a committee formed to negotiate relief from US sanctions, Khartoum's foreign minister said on Thursday. He and his government had previously said they met all requirements and expected sanctions to be lifted, although activists and opposition disagreed.

The United States on Tuesday postponed for three months a decision on whether to permanently lift sanctions on Sudan over its human rights record and other issues. Temporary sanctions relief took effect with immediate effect and this was due to become permanent on 12 July 2017.

"The United States will revoke the sanctions if the (government of Sudan) is assessed to have sustained progress in these areas at the end of the extended review period", the State Department said.

The committee has been negotiating for more than a year with USA officials for lifting the trade embargo imposed by Washington on Khartoum since 1997.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert credited Sudan with making progress in improving humanitarian access, cooperating with the USA on counter-terrorism and preserving a cease-fire in conflict areas.

US Sanctions were first imposed on Sudan in 1997 after Sudan was named as a state sponsor of terror.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks in New Delhi, India, October 29, 2015.

"We regret the issuing of this decision, which came after a long period of dialogue and interaction with the US", Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said in a statement.

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