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Sudan to extend ceasefire with militants in anticipation of lifting US trade embargo

Sudan will extend a unilateral ceasefire with militants until the end of October said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Sunday.

The decision comes as the United States plans to lift a 20 year old trade embargo against Sudan in 2 weeks’ time.

On January 15, Mr Bashir extended the ceasefire for six months in response to the US move, reports Reuters.

The US said that it would unfreeze Sudanese assets and lift financial sanctions as a response to Sudan’s cooperation in fighting Islamic State and other militants groups.

Fighting between Sudan’s army and militants in the Kordofan and Blue Nile regions started again in 2011.

Sudan’s ceasefire with militants has been in place since October 2016.