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U.S. Relations With Sudan

Bureau of African Affairs
Fact Sheet
June 7, 2013


More information about Sudan is available on the Sudan Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.



The United States established diplomatic relations with Sudan in 1956, following its independence from joint administration by Egypt and the United Kingdom. Sudan broke diplomatic relations with the United States in 1967 after the start of the Arab-Israeli War. Relations were reestablished in 1972. In the 1990s, The Sudanese Government’s links with international terrorist organizations led the United States to designate Sudan in 1993 as a state sponsor of terrorism and to suspend U.S. Embassy operations in 1996. The U.S. Embassy was reopened in 2002. Sudan has provided concrete cooperation against international terrorism since the September 11, 2001 terrorist strikes against the United States.

The United States helped create the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that laid the groundwork for South Sudan's 2011 independence referendum and secession. Several disputes between Sudan and South Sudan remain unresolved, including the management of oil resources and the status of the Abyei region. The United States supports the efforts of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel to help the two countries resolve these disputes.

U.S. policy on Sudan aims to achieve an end to conflict and gross human rights abuses and to ensure that Sudan does not harbor international terrorists.

U.S. Assistance to Sudan

Despite policy differences, the United States has been a major donor of humanitarian aid to Sudan throughout the last quarter century. Sudan faces complex development challenges and an uncertain future. The United States seeks to enhance the viability and stability of Sudan, which are essential to the stability of South Sudan and the region as a whole. Conflict mitigation is a priority for U.S. foreign policy, particularly in Darfur, Abyei, Blue Nile state, and Southern Kordofan state. The United States supports democratic development in Sudan and a transition from emergency assistance to development assistance where conditions allow. U.S. assistance programs do not have access to many areas of Sudan due to security concerns or because the Government of Sudan has imposed travel restrictions.

Bilateral Economic Relations

In 1997, the United States imposed comprehensive economic, trade, and financial sanctions against Sudan due to its support for international terrorism, ongoing efforts to destabilize neighboring governments, and the persistence of human rights violations. In 2007, the United States imposed new economic sanctions on Sudan in response to the government’s continued complicity in violence occurring in Darfur. The sanctions blocked assets of Sudanese citizens implicated in Darfur violence, and also sanctioned additional companies owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan. Sanctions underscore the U.S. commitment to ending the suffering of the millions of Sudanese affected by the crisis in Darfur. U.S. sanctions on Sudan do not impede humanitarian assistance.

The United States and Sudan have a small amount of bilateral trade. Sudan is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, which has a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the United States.

Sudan's Membership in International Organizations

Sudan and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Sudan also is an observer to the World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

There currently is no U.S. Ambassador to Sudan; the U.S. Charge d'Affaires is Joseph D. Stafford. Other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Sudan maintains an embassy in the United States at 2210 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel: (202) 338-8565.

More information about Sudan is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Sudan Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Sudan Page
U.S. Embassy: Sudan
USAID Sudan Page
History of U.S. Relations With Sudan
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information

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