ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 16 (Press Shia) – Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, has welcomed the lifting of economic sanctions by the United States on the Republic of Sudan.

The Chairperson acknowledges the importance of this development which will allow Sudan to reengage in international trade and end the suffering of its people, said an AU statement sent on Monday

 Furthermore, the Chairperson has welcomed the commencement of discussions on the modalities for the lifting of the sanctions, especially after several appeals from AU, particularly the Declaration of the AU Heads of States and Government at their 26th Ordinary Session held in January 2016.

 “The Chairperson expresses her appreciation President Barack Obama for this constructive decision and hopes that the in-coming administration will consider permanent revocation of the sanctions in Executive Orders 13067 and 13412 and further work towards granting debt relief to the Republic of Sudan, so that the country can begin a new chapter of economic reconstruction and prosperity,” the statement said.

 She has strongly encouraged the Sudanese government and the armed movements to urgently return to the negotiation table with a more conciliatory approach towards resolving their political differences in the interest of the people of Sudan.

In this regard, she has called on all parties to cooperate fully with the efforts of the AU High Level Implementation Panel to reach a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and a Permanent Ceasefire and participate in an inclusive political process, which will guarantee the Sudanese people the long awaited peace.

XINHUA/Press Shia