EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for Sudan to be removed from a list of states which sponsor terrorism, during his address at the 74th United National General Assembly debate in New York City on Monday.
“I would like to support deleting Sudan’s name from the states that sponsor terrorism in order to acknowledge the efforts of the sisterly state and to enable it to confront the economic challenges it faces by enabling it to interact with international economic organisation in order to fulfill the ambitions of its people,” he said.
“State Sponsors of Terrorism” is a designation applied by the United States Department of State to countries which the Department alleges to have “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism,” Inclusion on the list imposes strict unilateral sanctions.
The State Department is required to maintain the list under section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act.
The list began on December 29, 1979, with Libya, Iraq, South Yemen, and Syria. Cuba was added to the list on March 1, 1982, and Iran on January 19, 1984. Later North Korea in 1988 and Sudan on August 12, 1993, were added. South Yemen was removed from the list in 1990, Iraq was removed twice in 1982 and 2004, Libya was removed in 2006, and Cuba was removed in 2015. North Korea was removed in 2008, but was re-added to the list again in 2017.
The Egyptian President also stated that the purported unfair composition of the United Nations Security Council with regards to the membership of African states was a “historical injustice our continent has been subject to” and the UN must work to correct it. “The longest standing crisis in the Middle East, namely the Palestinian cause. The persistence of this cause without a just solution based on international resolutions calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, does not only mean the continuation of the plight of the Palestinian people but it also entails the continued depletion of the resources of the peoples of the Middle East,” he added.
“I say that the time to take a decisive stance to end the protracted crisis in Yemen through the implementation of a political solution based on the well-known parameters we need to end foreign interventions by non-Arab regional parties which seek to curtail Arab national security,” Sisi also stated.
The Egyptian president also called on the UN to introduce “comprehensive solutions” to the conflict in Libya, and for the recently announced Syrian constitutional committee to begin its work “without any delay.”