Sudan says close to a settlement with US over 1998 embassy bombings

A file photo of Asmaa Abdallah, Sudan's FM, is pictured during a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart (unseen) in Khartoum on September 9, 2019. (AFP)

Sudan is close to a deal with the United States to compensate the victims of 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, Foreign Minister Asmaa Abdallah said on Tuesday.

“The final touches of a settlement with victims of embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam are being finalized,” Abdallah told AFP in an interview.

“We now have a delegation in Washington negotiating with the victims’ lawyers and officials at the US Department of State,” she said.

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The US Supreme Court in February appeared open to reinstating $4.3 billion in punitive damages against Sudan in lawsuits accusing the now ousted regime of longtime strongman Omar al-Bashir of complicity in the bombings that killed 224 people.

After reaching a deal, Sudan “will have fulfilled all the requirements” to be removed from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, Abdallah said.

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