President Trump has announced that after consulting with the transitional government in Khartoum, the United States will drop the “state sponsor of terrorism” designation against the country of Sudan. In return, the government of Sudan agrees to pay the victims of earlier terrorist bombings of Tanzania and Kenyan embassies a total of $335 million dollars.

In 1998, more than 225 people were killed and over 4,000 injured when al-Qaeda and Osama bin-Laden bombed the embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. At the time, bin-Laden was staying in Afghanistan, yet, he had lived in Sudan from 1991 to 1996.

This latest diplomatic victory for the U.S. administration is considered another feather in President Trump’s cap before the upcoming presidential election. 

As is the president’s M.O. he took to Twitter to announce the news:

“GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!” President Trump wrote. 

The news comes after August’s meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Khartoum where the pair discussed lifting the sanctions and agreed to a settlement for the victims. 

Hamdok also took to Twitter and welcomed the news. “Thank you so much, President Trump! We very much look forward to your official notification to Congress rescinding the designation of Sudan as a state-sponsor of terrorism, which has cost Sudan too much.”

“This Tweet and that notification are the strongest support to Sudan’s transition to democracy and to the Sudanese people… As we’re about to get rid of the heaviest legacy of Sudan’s previous, defunct regime, I should reiterate that we are peace-loving people and have never supported terrorism.”