(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (KUNA) -- Sudan on Thursday welcomed a declaration by Washington to begin the process of omitting Sunday off the list of states sponsoring terrorism.
Sudanese Foreign Ministry expressed in a statement Khartoum's readiness to be involved in the process toward lifting Sudan from the list, as a prelude to restoring full normal relations with the US.
On Wednesday, Washington declared readiness to "initiate the process of rescinding Sudan's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism if the determination is made that all of the relevant statutory criteria have been met." State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that the action will be done if "Sudan makes progress in addressing each of the six key areas of mutual concern prioritized by the Phase II framework." The statement comes as the US welcomed Sudan's "commitment to making progress in key areas" after Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and the Sudanese Foreign Minister Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed discussed the launch of the "Phase II" framework for bilateral engagement. (end) mam.rk