Sudan and United States Execute Historic Bilateral Agreement
October 30, 2020 – Washington, D.C.: Today the Republic of the Sudan and the United States of America executed a bilateral claims-settlement agreement that, when it enters into force, will resolve default judgments and claims based on allegations that Sudan’s prior regime supported acts of terrorism. Under the agreement, Sudan reiterates that it was not involved in any of these attacks, but accepted to address the claims as part of its effort to normalize relations with the United States. According to the agreement, which will enter into force after legislation is enacted, Sudan will pay $335 million, on top of approximately $72 million already paid, for distribution to victims of terrorism. In exchange, the default judgments and claims against Sudan in US courts will be dismissed, and Sudan’s sovereign immunities under US law will be restored to those enjoyed by countries that have never been designated by the United States as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Today’s agreement, which follows President Trump’s recent decision to de-list Sudan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, is another historic step in the normalization of relations between Sudan and the United States.
Upon the signing of today’s agreement, Minister of Justice Nasredeen Abdulbari, stated: “The Transitional Government greatly regrets that Sudan and its people must pay a significant sum of money to resolve default judgments and claims against the prior regime. This regret is especially acute given these times of economic despair in Sudan. But today’s agreement allows Sudan and its people to resolve historical liabilities, restore normal relations with the United States, and move forward toward democracy and better economic times. Today’s agreement is an investment in a prosperous future for Sudan and its people.”