Sudan slams US for ‘sponsor of terrorism’ label

Sudan criticises US State Department annual report categorising Sudan as terrorism sponsor

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Sudanese administration slammed the US on Tuesday for including Sudan’s name again, on its updated list of “state sponsors of international terrorism.”

A statement released in response to the updated list from Sudan’s Foreign Ministry accuses the Obama administration of double standards on its foreign policy

"We are surprised, shocked and sorry at the American decision to renew our name on the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, as Sudan has cooperated with the US in its war against terrorism," the statement from the ministry said.

The US State Department released its annual terrorism last week, saying 2014 witnessed a significant rise in attacks and casualties globally, as more than 63 percent of all attacks occurred in just six countries: Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Syria.

The report states 33,000 people were killed in around 13,500 attacks last year globally, and abductions more than tripled from 3,137 in 2013 to 9,428 in 2014.

In affiliation to Sudan, the 2015 US State Department report included Al Qaeda inspired groups, regardless of Sudan’s efforts in countering terrorism in Somalia against Al Shabab and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

"The Government of Sudan has taken steps to limit the activities of these elements and has worked to disrupt foreign fighters’ use of Sudan as a logistics base and transit point for terrorists going to Syria and Iraq. However, groups continued to operate in Sudan in 2014 and there continued to be reports of Sudanese nationals participating in terrorist organizations," the state department said.

The report also referenced the Sudanese government as assisting the Palestinian group Hamas to fundraise over the past year in the region.

Sudan has been consistently on the annual list released by the US State Department since 1993.

The US federal law defines “terrorism” as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents” and the State Department classifies 59 groups as “terrorist organisations” and the report details their activities around the world annually.

The global acts of terror were dominated by ISIS and the African militant group Boko Haram, both raised the number of attacks by more than a third of the previous official statistics, almost doubled the number of fatalities and approximately tripled the number of kidnappings, according to the report.

The efforts that the US has put forth to counter global terrorism included the abolishment of financing, improvement of information sharing, slowing the rapid movement of foreign fighters and the formation of a coalition to fight against ISIS, the report says.

President Barack Obama has argued repeatedly that the most decisive way to oppose terrorism is to create strong partnerships that could further strengthen their efforts against the global violent groups.  

TRTWorld and agencies