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Sudan signs settlement agreement with families of ‘destroyer Cole’ victims

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Source: Middle East Monitor

Sudan announced, Thursday, the signing of an agreement with the families of the victims of the bombing of the American destroyer USS Cole in 2000, to fulfil the conditions for removing the country name from the “state sponsors of terrorism.”

This came in a statement issued by the Sudanese Ministry of Justice, on Thursday, which clarified that the agreement was reached within the framework of the transitional government’s efforts to remove the country’s name from the US list of terrorism-sponsoring nations.

“On 7 February, a settlement agreement was signed with the families and victims of the bombing of the American destroyer Cole, but the litigation procedures against Sudan are still ongoing before the US courts,” said the Ministry.

The statement added that “there is an explicit affirmation in the agreement that the government is not responsible for this incident or any other incidents.”

The Ministry noted that the government “entered this settlement out of keenness to settle the historical allegations of terrorism left by the former regime, to fulfil the requirements of the US administration to remove Sudan from the “list of state sponsors of terrorism.”

The statement of the Sudanese Ministry of Defence did not clarify the terms of

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