Sudan welcomes Obama win

2012-11-07 17:08

Khartoum - Sudan, which the United States lists as a sponsor of terrorism, on Wednesday welcomed the re-election of US President Barack Obama but called for serious talks about ending sanctions.

"We want to congratulate President Obama, especially because the confidence of his people was renewed in him," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The government of Sudan will be serious about a responsible dialogue leading to peace and stability in Sudan," the ministry said, noting that Obama first came to power four years ago on a slogan of "change.

"At the top of the priority issues is removing Sudan from the terrorism list and ending the economic sanctions."

Obama extended the embargo for another year on Thursday, saying the actions of the Sudanese government "continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States."

The sanctions limit access to external financing for Sudan's indebted economy, which lost the bulk of its export revenue when South Sudan separated in July last year with most of the country's oil production.