The United States will ease some financial sanctions against Sudan in recognition of what the Obama administration says are small areas of improvement in fighting terrorism and other U.S. goals, the White House announced Friday.

The move, which lifts elements of a U.S. trade embargo in place since the Clinton administration, is a show of goodwill toward the government of longtime Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

But the changes would not fully take effect for six months, allowing the incoming Trump administration to assess whether that progress continues or to reverse the policy. U.S. officials said Trump transition officials have been briefed on the shift but would not provide details of those discussions or predict what the Republican president-elect will do.


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