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US sanctions ex-Sudan minister alleged interference with peace efforts

The US has imposed sanctions on former Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti and two companies, including one in Russia, for destabilizing peace in Sudan.

Karti, a key figure in the pro-military Sudanese Islamic Movement and a former official in President Omar al-Bashir’s government, is accused of obstructing efforts to achieve a ceasefire between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), according to the Department of Treasury.

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The Sudanese Islamic Movement responded by viewing the sanctions as a “badge of honor.”

Additionally, GSK Advance Company, a Sudanese firm, has been targeted with sanctions for acting as a procurement channel for the RSF. The US alleges that GSK collaborated with Aviatrade LLC, a Russia-based military supply company, to facilitate the procurement of parts and supplies.

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The Department of Treasury affirmed its commitment to targeting individuals and entities that perpetuate the conflict for personal gain.

These sanctions mark the latest in a series of actions by Washington following the outbreak of war between the army and the RSF in mid-April.

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Earlier in the month, the US imposed financial sanctions on RSF deputy leader Abdel Rahim Dagalo and placed a travel ban on Gen. Abdul Rahman Juma, the RSF commander in West Darfur state, over allegations of human rights abuses. Both individuals denied the accusations made by the US.

In June, Washington also imposed sanctions on firms owned by warring Sudanese military factions.

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