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KHARTOUM - 11 Aug 2017

US lifts ban on financial assets of Sudan’s embassy in Seoul

File photo: Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir
File photo: Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir

The United States of America has lifted a ban on a sum of money belonging to Sudan's Embassy in the South Korean capital Seoul, a Sudanese official announced on Wednesday.

"This is a positive move which indicates the progress in the financial relations between Sudan and the external world," said Abdul-Rahman Dirar, Sudan's State Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, in a statement Wednesday.

He pointed out that the money belongs to the Commercial and Economic Center and that it was transferred from DAEWOO Company to the center and was banned two years ago.

The Sudanese official expressed hope that the US administration would permanently lift its economic sanctions on Sudan.

The United States imposed sanctions on Sudan in 1997, during the administration of Bill Clinton. The sanctions include a trade embargo and blocking the government's assets. Additional sanctions were imposed in 2006 for complicity in the violence in Darfur.