Sudan welcomed a potential dialogue with the United States to remove its name from the "list of state sponsoring terrorism" after Washington announced its readiness to take this step forward, reports AFP.
"Sudan welcomes the launch of the second phase of the strategic dialogue between the two countries, which was designed to expand bilateral cooperation," the Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement distributed to the media.
Sudan also welcomes the "announcement by the United States of America of its readiness to begin the phase of canceling the designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism," the foreign ministry said.
The US State Department said Wednesday that it was ready to remove Sudan from the "list of state sponsoring terrorism" but on condition that the Sudanese authorities carry out further reforms.
In a statement following talks in Washington between Deputy Foreign Minister and Foreign Minister John Silvari, the State Department called on Sudan to strengthen cooperation to fight terrorism and improve the country's human rights conditions.
Relations between US and Sudan deteriorated when the government launched a campaign to stop a rebellion in the western Darfur region. But relations improved under former President Barack Obama, whose administration welcomed Khartoum's acceptance of South Sudan's independence in 2011 after decades of devastating wars.
"The United States is ready to launch the process of revoking Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism if it is determined to meet all relevant legal standards and if Sudan makes progress in dealing with the six main issues of common concern," the State Department said in a statement.
In addition to cooperation in the fight against terrorism and human rights, the United States has asked Sudan to move forward in resolving its internal disputes, including allowing greater access for aid workers.