President Museveni has joined a host of other regional leaders to demand that Sudan is removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorist groups by the US government.
Speaking during the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement between the Sudan transitional government and 13 rebel factions in the South Sudan capital of Juba, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda who represented Museveni said scrapping Sudan off the list will unlock the country’s potential.
“Uganda expresses support for the ongoing efforts to have Sudan removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism in order to unlock the country’s potentials through improved investments and productions to boost her economy for the wellbeing of her population,” Rugunda said on Saturday.
The US added Sudan to the list in 1993 due to its support for Islamist militants including Osama Bin Laden – who lived in the country for five years.
Speaking during the ceremony in Juba on Saturday, several heads of state in unison asked the US to reconsider the decision for the good of the African country.
In 2017, the U.S. government initiated talks with Bashir aimed at normalizing relations between the two countries, but these were suspended in April last year after the overthrow of the man who had led Sudan for 30 years.
After the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir, the transitional government in Sudan has since last year pushed for the removal of the country from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorists.
Last month, the BBC reported that Sudan had sent a high-level delegation to the United Arab Emirates to negotiate with American officials as the country tries to get removed from the US list of countries that sponsor terrorism.