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July 12, 2017

Trump Administration Extends Sudan Sanctions Review Period

Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) that extended the review period for determining whether comprehensive sanctions on Sudan will be permanently revoked.  EO 13761 (which was issued by former President Obama on Jan. 13, 2017) gave rise to the suspension of these sanctions and set forth criteria for their permanent revocation following a review period which was set to terminate today.  The new EO extends the review period for an additional three months (that is, until Oct. 12, 2017).  After the review period, the Trump administration will revoke the sanctions if it determines that the Government of Sudan has sustained the positive actions that gave rise to the suspension of sanctions in January, which, among other things, included a marked reduction in offensive military activity.  OFAC’s general license, which broadly authorizes transactions with Sudan, continues to remain in place.