The United States received the $335 million settlement from Sudan, according to the Secretary of State Tony Blinken in a statement issued Wednesday.
Those funds will be applied to the victims and families of individuals whose lives have been altered by the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the murder of a USID employee in Khartoum, and the 2000 tragedy aboard the USS Cole.
Blinken emphasized that the Department of State’s chief priority has been securing compensation for these victims.
An agreement worth millions of dollars was crucial in lifting Sudan’s ban on military exports, sales, and US foreign assistance that existed for decades.
Once Sudan announced it had reached a normalization agreement regarding relations with Israel and transferred $335million to an escrow account, both in October 2020, the Trump administration removed that designation.
Those funds were escrow-held until Sudan’s sovereign immunity was restored, which prevents it from being sued in federal court. March 11 was the date that the funds were released from escrow.
In response to the Sudan Claims Resolution Act, enacted last December, Secretary of State Blinken said that the State Department had transmitted to Congress the Secretary’s certification restoring Sudan’s sovereignty by last week.
Blinken said that the United States appreciates Sudan’s constructive effort to resolve these lingering issues over the past two years. The United States-Sudan relationship can now begin a new chapter following the end of this challenging process.
Besides, he added that the American people look forward to continuing the long-term security ties between Sudan and the United States and supporting the civil-led transitional government’s efforts to deliver freedom, peace, and justice to the Sudanese people.
In 1998, al Qaeda bombs struck the US embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, killing more than 200 people and injuring thousands more.
Sudan was found to have sheltered Osama bin Laden and assisted al Qaeda operatives during the days of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
A spokesperson for some American families who lost loved ones in the Kenya embassy bombing is Edith Bartley, whose parents and brother were killed in the attack.
Bartley said that Americans who lost their lives in the 2008 US Embassy bombings are grateful to the Biden-Harris administration for following up on the Trump administration’s agreement to implement the bilateral deal with Sudan.
John Granville, an official with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was ambushed and killed in the Sudanese capital on New Year’s Day 2008.
As the USS Cole was being refueled in Yemen in 2000, a suicide bomber struck and killed 17 and wounded 39 sailors. A US court ruled in 2014 that, despite Sudan’s assertions to the contrary, it had provided al Qaeda with aid that led to this attack.
An official with the State Department commented that the $335 million Sudan will provide is in addition to $72.5 million already allocated to USS COLE survivors in a private settlement. It also ends a multi-year process of negotiating a bilateral claims agreement with Sudan and obtaining legislation that restores Sudan’s immunity.
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