The United States congressmen have disclosed plan to thwart the decision to remove Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terror.
Congressional sources told on Tuesday October 20, 2020, that the US administration did not officially notify congressmen about its decision to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terror as stipulated by US laws.
On Monday Trump tweeted, “GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to US terror victims and families.”
“Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!”
The US president has the power to remove a nation from the list; however, Congress has 45 days to object.
The sources believe that no obstacles are expected as Republicans control the majority of Congress while several Democrats support the decision.
However, Congress needs to pass another legislation that would extinguish court claims against Sudan related to the 9/11 attacks.
Congress has for months worked to advance legislation that would end claims filed against Khartoum by families of victims of terrorism, including those of the 9/11 attacks.
This legislation is rejected by US Senator Bob Menendez, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
However, informed sources said that the Democratic Senator could openly discuss the matter with the Department of State.