October 29, 2015
Khartoum, Sudan – The United States Embassy in Khartoum welcomes Sudan’s removal from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) list of countries with strategic deficiencies in their legal and regulatory framework for combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. During the FATF’s plenary meeting on October 21-23, 2015, the organization “congratulated Sudan for the significant progress made in addressing the strategic anti-money laundering (AML)/counter-terrorism financing (CFT) deficiencies earlier identified by the FATF and included in their respective action plans.” Sudan will no longer be subject to the FATF’s monitoring under its ongoing global AML/CFT compliance process. In 2014, the U.S. Department of State Country Report on Terrorism recognized the Government of Sudan’s continued cooperation with the FATF. The rise of violent extremism poses a shared threat to the Sudanese and American people, and to innocent people throughout the world. Now that Sudan has a legal and regulatory framework in place to combat terrorist financing and money laundering, the United States encourages the Government of Sudan to robustly implement its AML/CFT reforms and welcomes the opportunity to work with Sudan on future counterterrorism efforts, such as denying safe haven to terrorists, blocking access to financial resources, and disrupting the flow of foreign fighters.