– The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia welcomed the news that the US government has lifted the economic sanctions that were imposed on the Sudan 20 years ago.
In a statement it issued today, the Ministry said that it has long been apparent that the sanctions have caused unnecessary and considerable problems to the Sudanese people, limiting the country’s developmental progress.
The removal will be welcomed both in the Sudan and in the region as a step that will support and encourage further regional development, it said.
“Sudan is more than a neighbor; we have a great deal in common with our strategic relationship built on close people-to-people relations” the statement added.
“We have no doubt our relationship will benefit greatly from this decision as will the regional stability and development to which we are both committed; improvements for the Sudan will certainly benefit us all in the region.”
Ethiopia congratulated the government of the Sudan for a decision that underlines the efforts Sudan has made in recent years to bring an end to hostilities in the country, to expand humanitarian access and to cooperate in counter-terrorism activities among others.
The statement finally said that Ethiopia will continue to promote cooperation in the region to overcome any challenges facing Sudan, to support and build upon the results already achieved by all sides.