A recent visit by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to Washington that failed to remove Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism has left many Sudanese desperate.

“The economic situation is bad and we need a quick support from the world but the U.S. sanctions are blocking that,” Amir Ahmed, 35, a trader in Khartoum, told Anadolu Agency.

“We are supposed to wait for a long process for [removing U.S. sanctions], which is very frustrating for us.”

Ahmed Osman, 50, a railway employee, said Washington is using the sanctions to pile pressure on the transitional government in

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