But on Friday, the usa administration lifted most of the sanctions, saying Khartoum had begun to address concerns about terrorism and human rights abuses.
Human rights groups see the decision to remove sanctions as premature.
The United States Friday afternoon lifted economic sanctions on Sudan, completing a process started by then-President Barack Obama in January. Officials in Sudan say that since the September 11, 2001, attacks, the Sudanese have been cooperating with USA intelligence.
The north African nation's declining economic and political reality has also not been helped by the presidency of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has ruled over the country for over 28 years.
She said the move recognised Sudan's "sustained positive actions" but more progress was needed.
The decision came as the result of a 16-month diplomatic effort to make progress with Sudan in those areas. Now slain Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden lived in Sudan between 1992 to 1996.
Explaining the end of the sanctions, U.S. officials said the authoritarian regime had maintained a cessation of hostilities in Darfur and other old flashpoints.
Sudan has also agreed not to seek arms deals with North Korea.
Sudan will no longer be subject to a 20-year-old USA trade embargo and will have access to previously frozen assets from October 12.
Sudan routinely shows up as a country of particular concern on State Department reports assessing human rights and religious freedom.
The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for President al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 on charges of war crimes and genocide in his drive to crush the Darfur revolt.
The United Nations says 300,000 people have died in the conflict and 2.7 million have fled their homes.
The Trump administration last month removed Sudan from the list of countries whose citizens are subject to travel restrictions.
The US state department announced its decision to revoke the penalising measures - in place since 1997 - on Friday. President George W. Bush added yet more sanctions in 2006 in response to Sudanese government militias' actions in the Darfur region, where the worldwide community roundly condemned widespread crimes against humanity.
The decision will contribute to enhancing stability and development in Sudan after a long time suffering from the consequences of sanctions, said Ahmed Abu Zeid, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman in a press statement.
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